Steele Catfish Zinfandel 2001

Zinfandel from California

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Winemaker's Notes

A warm fermentation followed by a year in American Oak barrels is the regime for this wine. The flavor profile of Catfish is always delicate. Some people liken it to Pinot Noir. The hearty and rustic flavors typical of old vine Zinfandel grown in a warm area are absent. Instead we have cherry fruit, a touch of bramble, and a hint of the red dusty soil. We attribute this to both the growing conditions of Lake County and the high percentage of other varieties that are planted in the vineyard.

Food Pairing: Try to match this wine with a good plate of grilled chops, marinara sauced pasta dishes or a nice bowl of ciopino. Mild cheeses also work well as do cream based soups.

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Jed Steele has worked making wine in California since the late 1960s. In 1991, he founded his own small winery in Lake County. Steele Wines specializes in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Pinot Blanc and Syrah.

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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