Dear Lineage Collector:
It doesn’t seem possible that five vintages of Lineage|Livermore Valley have already seen their release and are being enjoyed by our Collectors. My sense of time gets easily confounded, I guess, by dint of the fact that at any one point I may be working on three different vintages simultaneously!
At the time of this writing, Craig Ploof, my Assistant Winemaker, and I are in the process of fitting together the intricate pieces that will end up being Lineage 2013. We have determined the best barrels of each of the five varietal building blocks and will spend the next several months making sure that they all fit into an elegant and age-worthy whole. The 2013 vintage will be a commendable successor to the gorgeous Lineage 2012 that will be released this October.
2012 – as a vintage – is the first of an on-going string of great growing years following on the heels of a difficult 2010 and 2011. A dry winter and even and temperate summer allowed us a relatively worry-free season. All of our estate-grown fruit came into the Winery in beautiful shape and went through fermentation and elevage in good order. Residing now in bottle, Lineage 2012 exhibits a richness and grace reminiscent of 2008. It will begin to show all of its complexity with three to five years of bottle age and should evolve beautifully over 15-20 years.
I have been a career-long believer in the spectacular quality inherent in the terroir of the Livermore Valley. I steadfastly believe that a world-class wine to rival any other can be made from this magical place. Lineage|Livermore Valley, while always a work in progress, is my attempt at proving this.
Any wine is only as fine as the people who come to enjoy it. I want to thank you for being a fellow believer in my vision for a Livermore Valley First Growth and for being a Lineage|Livermore Valley Collector. I look forward to sharing many great wines with you.
Steven Kent Mirassou