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Steps was originally created for the purpose of finding a home for 175 cases of killer St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon with an intended retail of $175.  The winery that produced it wanted to keep their production at a level that they knew they could sell, and in a difficult vintage like 2011, they made the decision to let these go at a price that allowed us to offer them at a fraction of their intended retail.  The first release of those 175 cases sold out in 24 hours, and after the ensuing requests for re-orders on a wine that was supposed to be a one-off, we set out to find more declassified barrels of super premium wine, also leftover from other upscale projects.  Steps quickly became one of our most popular brands and it was solely due to the extreme quality and unforgettable flavors and aromas.

The 2017 was built around a solid core of Mountain fruit, and even includes a barrel of Howell Mountain Cabernet which lends to this wines power and depth, which is a hallmark of Steps.  The final blend checked in at nearly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and was heightened with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. On the palate the wine oozes with hedonistic flavors, including ripe blackberries, black chocolates, plum and roasted espresso.  The only real downside is in 2017 is that we were only able to get our hands on 4 barrels, which is roughly 100 cases.

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Tasting Notes: "The 2017 Steps Barrel Select begins with a pungent, ripe nose of blueberry syrup, cassis, blackberries, vanilla spice, crushed stone, espresso roast, along with a distinct, seductive savory component.  The palate explodes with muddled blackberries, fresh black cherries, cocoa powder and earthy minerals along with dusty tannins, all culminating in a long, decadent finish.  Drink now until 2028."

100 Cases Produced

Varietal Blend: 

67% Cabernet Sauvignon 

25% Cabernet Franc

8% Petit Verdot 

Regional Blend

25% Howell Mountain

45% Rutherford 

30% Diamond Mountain District 

Additional information

Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in


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