Steele Shooting Star Mendocino Chardonnay 1998
Steele winery is located in Kelseyville in Lake County. Founded by iconic winemaker Jed Steele in 1991.
Jed has made award wining wines from some of the most prestigious AVA’s in Northern California.
In August 2020, Clay Shannon purchased the winery and will continue to produce wines under the Steele and Shooting Star labels. These wines are great values and true too terroir. The winery is a perfect place to visit to picnic with friends.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.