Steele Stymie, Lake County (California) Merlot Founder’s Reserve, Limited Production 2016

($42):  Jed Steele, who has made wine in California for almost 50 years, is no stranger to the endeavor.  He has purchased fruit from Stymie Vineyard for 15 years before buying it in 2005.  A big wine, it is not overblown (though the bottle is).  Savory nuances and good acidity hold your attention.  A suave texture and fine tannins allow for consumption without further bottle aging.  It would be a good choice for a hefty steak.
90 Michael Apstein Jan 14, 2020