Pulled this wine out of the cellar for tasting last evening. It is their 2021 Reserve Chardonnay generally held for wine club members. Their story is fairly simple, three men all with first name of Steve went into business in 2010 and then opened their tasting room in 2013 at 5700 Greenville Road, Livermore, California. For more information on their background you can read it at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2019/01/30/3-steves-winery-the-livermore-valley-california-cachapoal-valley-chili-wine-connection/ . They also feature some great wines such as their Carmenere from Chile, a red blend wine called How U Doin’ (ode to New York wine drinkers), Cabernet Franc and many others.
The 2021 3 Steves Reserve Chardonnay is from Livermore, California. A light golden straw color on the eyes and light to medium viscosity. A mild bouquet on the nose, with white fruit and extremely soft citrus. On the palate, mild acidity and oak with an almost old world (non-buttery) taste in the mouth. White peach and kiwi flavors expand on the palate. It provided a mouthful sensation due to not being filtered or fined before bottling. The finish is extremely clean, crisp and creamy. Definitely a refreshing wine for the warm summer months while sitting on the patio or lake cruising with friends.
The Food and Wine Pairing
Fresh Ahi tuna from Ohana Seafood (Modesto) which is a rare treat in the Sierra foothills! Prepared with fresh minced cilantro & parsley, chopped pineapple, fresh squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic, diced purple onions, wasabi, ginger, red dried pepper flakes, Himalayan Sea salt, sesame seeds, freshly grounded black pepper and a few other items. A wonderful food and wine pairing last evening.
The last time I enjoyed this wine was with their 2019 vintage and the 2021 is every bit as enjoyable. More than worthy for your summertime enjoyment.