2011 3 Steves Winery Cienega Valley Ancient Vines Zinfandel, $34
Best Red of Show at the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition!
By Her VineNess
Next time you’re out in the Livermore Valley, check out the 3 Steves tasting room on Greenville Road: or check them out downtown at Blacksmith Square. Either location, you will generally run into one of the three Steves. It’s really just the three of them, and some help from their friends, putting out quite an impressive lineup of wines, amid a flurry of recent press. They’re bound to become famous, now that they’ve taken Best Red of Show at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2011 Cienega Valley Zinfandel, from ancient vines in the wilds of San Benito County.
The Steves all love Zin and when they discovered this vineyard, courtesy of their buddies at De Rose Vineyards in San Benito, where they source some amazing Cabernet Franc, they were smitten. If you, like they, love big-boned Zin, the 2011 Cienega Valley Ancient Vine Zinfandel from 110-year-old vines, will set your mouth afire with its intense red cherry and brambleberry fruit, and will charm you with its subtle chocolate and spice. The finish is soft and graceful, but there’s no doubt it is 100 percent Zinfandel, all the way til the last goodbye. You’ve never had a Zin quite like it!
For a complete list of the freshly-announced 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition winners, visit http://www.sfgate.com/bestofclass/
3 Steves winery and tasting room is located at 5700 Greenville Road, Livermore and is open Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. You can also taste their wines on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Swirl on the Square, in Blacksmith Square of downtown Livermore, 21 South Livermore Avenue. For more information on this wine visit www.3steveswinery.com or call (831) 230-8971.
Featured Image: Two of the 3 Steves, Steve Zigante (left) and Steve Burman hold a bottle of the 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Best Red of Show, the 2011 3 Steves Cienega Valley Ancient Vines Zinfandel. Photo by Toni Sieling.
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” has called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for more than 30 years. She loves hanging out with winemakers and winegrowers in their vineyards and cellars, drinking in their quirky, inspiring stories, and of course, their wines. She most enjoys sharing her experiences with people as besotted with wine and food as she is, and happily recommends good bottles of wine for your drinking pleasure.