Steele Pacini Zinfandel 2003
Food Pairing: Somewhat lighter than usual because of the lateness of the vintage, this wine exhibits the traits that Pacini Zinfandel is known for. The wine always has earthy, brambly and mildly tarry flavors. Full flavored foods are what go best with this wine. Roasted meats, hearty stews, even barbecued foods are perfect choices to complement this wine.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.