Wines of the Week

August 25th–Sept. 8th

E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014

Rhône, France

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The story of the Guigal family is a young but remarkable one. Etienne Guigal was the youngest in his family, but as the most resilient he was sent off on his own at a very young age when his family could no longer afford to care for him. He came to Ampuis to pick apricots, labor he found preferable to his previous work underground in mines. In the early 1930s his brother helped Etienne, still only 14 years of age, secure a job in the vineyards at Vidal Fleury, then the largest and strongest winery in the Rhône. Etienne eventually left in 1946 to start his own winery, E. Guigal. Etienne’s son Marcel became involved very early in the business when in 1961 he was forced to rush back from school because his father was suddenly struck with total blindness. Marcel has led the firm since, and his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world, and the Guigal domaine to its status as the leading winery from the Rhône Valley. Today, Marcel’s son Philippe serves as Director and Oenologist at Guigal, and with his father is carrying on the tradition of leadership in the Rhone Valley and uncompromising excellence.   

“Light, bright yellow. Dried pear, Meyer lemon, white flowers and beeswax on the seductively perfumed nose. Dry and precise, showing impressive mineral lift to the orchard and citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors. A deeper peach note emerges as the wine opens up and carries through a very long, penetrating finish. This well-balanced, energetic wine punches well above its weight.” – 90 Points Vinous Media

 

Steele Zinfandel Pacini Vineyard 2013

Mendocino County, California

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Regular Price—$21.99

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From his start as a cellar worker at Stony Hill in Napa Valley in 1968, to UC Davis for a Master’s Degree in Enology, and from starting Edmeades in the Anderson Valley and being there for ten years, to then starting Kendall-Jackson and working there for their first nine vintages before breaking off and starting his own Steele Wines in 1991, owner and winemaker Jed Steele has had an incredible ride.

During this time, he has been able to produce wines from just about every top-quality wine region in the state, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. The lineup of vineyards which he either owns or from which he purchases grapes has evolved slowly over the years to where he consistently draws on some of the finest vineyards in California.

Steele’s typical winemaking style for red wines is a warm fermentation followed by pressing and racking. The wine is aged in oak barrels and spends 12 months in a combination of American and French oak. The nose is full of ripe cherry and blueberry with undertones of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full of ripe wild berries, spice, and cherry cola, with dusty cocoa and light tannin on the finish. The wine has great structure, and is well balanced.

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