Lineage | Vintage 2014 | Wine Maker’s Vintage Notes
Steven Kent Winery’s Lineage aspires to be one of the truly great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in theworld. This singular wine is the marriage of the Grand Cru quality of the Livermore Valley’s finestvineyards and the vision o f s i x t h -generation winemaker, Steven Mirassou. A blend of the classicBordeaux varieties, Lineage is a wine of great beauty and elegance.
Each vintage of Lineage begins with the evaluation of individual lots of wine after malo-lacticconversion is finished in late winter the year after harvesting. This process will take many months aseach barrel in each lot is tasted blind several times before it is deemed of great-enough quality to beconsidered part of the Lineage blend. Scores of mock blends later, the final assemblage is made,rebarreled for about six months so that the wine’s components have an opportunity to marry into anelegant whole, then bottled. In 2014, Lineage comprises only 200 cases and more than 95% of ourBordeaux-varietal production was declassified.
2014 was the third in a string of vintages of surpassingly excellent quality in the Livermore Valley. Like2013, the vintage was slightly larger than average, but (like 2013 also) there was no diminution ofquality. Each vintage of Lineage is a page in the book that ultimately reveals the brand and thephilosophy behind it. While we diligently work for consistency of world-class quality, the individualblends are a product of the state of mind of the winemakers at the time the blend was made. As a winemaker and wine lover, one of the joys of experiencing great wines is being subjected to the emotionalpower of that specific wine. Only those who lack imagination are unmoved by how a “new” great wineexperience redefines what makes a wine great; this sense of quality making its way into future vintages.For us the texture of a wine is the most important and telling characteristic. The relationship of acidityto tannin, how that tannin expresses itself, how long a finish the acid creates is the most meaningfulrelationship in wine. In Lineage, acidity (this is the wine’s nervous system; it’s sexiness and electricity) isachieved through the inclusion of Cabernet Franc. In this vintage, Cabernet Franc is 35% of the finalblend, the highest percentage yet. Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) provides the skeleton, Merlot (10%) theopulent fleshiness, and Petit Verdot (5%) the exotic coloring. The 2014 Steven Kent Winery Lineageneeds several years before it begins to show all of its intricacy and deliciousness. With proper storage, itwill easily age 15-20 years. Drink from 2022 – 2035.
Harvest Dates: September 15 – October 9, 2014
Cépage: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Clones 30 & 7); 35% Cabernet Franc; 10% Merlot; 5% Petit Verdot;Harvested from the Ghielmetti Estate & Home Ranch Vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Alcohol 14.0%
Fermentation: After destemming and crushing, each varietal was fermented separately in 1.7 ton opentoppedfermenters. Fermentation and extended maceration lasted from two to four weeks. Malolacticconversion was induced in barrel.
Aging: 4 of 9 barrels included in this blend were new French oak (Boutes, Doreau, andFrançois Frerès.) Total aging time was 22 months.
Time in Barrel: 22 months ? Bottling Date: December 14, 2016 ? Release Date: October 6, 2017
Bottles Produced ? Vintage 2014: 2,400 bottles, 60 magnums, 5 double-magnums, and 5 five-liters