The Craft

Lineage | Livermore Valley is a wine of beauty, complexity, and balance. Each vintage we harvest fruit from a number of superlative vineyards in our AVA then do only as much as is necessary in the winery to shepherd that fruit on its journey to world-class wine.

We source fruit from six of the finest vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Each of these sites is farmed impeccably, and each provides special fruit with balance and complexity. The Ghielmetti Vineyard, in the eastern foothills of the Livermore Valley, provides Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Sachau Vineyard, in the middle of the appellation, grows spectacular Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. From Lencioni Vineyard and Smith Ranch on the western end of the appellation, Casa de Viñas, and our estate Home Ranch Vineyard in the center, multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested.
     We regard Lineage as an exotic, beautiful creature. Each year this creature takes on a different shape, and each variety plays a crucial role in its apotheosis. Cabernet Sauvignon provides the skeleton, adding the structure upon which the flesh of Merlot, the nervous system (and sex appeal) of Cabernet Franc, and the exotic coloring of Petit Verdot sit. We approach each vintage as its own singular event. While we start with a vision for the wine based upon preliminary tasting of barrels throughout elévage, it is only through many months of evaluation and scores of mock blends that we arrive at what we believe to be the finest possible version of Lineage for that year. After the selected barrels of each variety are chosen (we declassify more than 90% of these lots) and the blend is made, Lineage is rebarreled and aged in approximately 50% new French oak for an additional 6-8 months.
     We believe the Livermore Valley to be one of the finest growing areas in the world for the varieties that make Lineage.
     We are committed to make one wine from this appellation that can be compared to the finest wines in the world.

Vineyards

Great wines come only from great vineyards. Every vineyard site that is great enough to be included in our wine produces fruit with very specific structural and organoleptic characteristics. In the final blend, each plays an indispensable role in the beauty, depth, complexity, and elegance of Lineage | Livermore Valley.

Ghielmetti Vineyard

With eight clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, Ghielmetti Vineyard is the largest contributor to the final blend of Lineage | Livermore Valley. This site has been part of the Lineage blend since the first vintage and adds elegance and generosity to the final blend.

Home Ranch

Planted to the heritage Concannon clone of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Home Ranch, our oldest site, produces a wine with a matrix of flavors and aromas unlike any other site we use. In the best of years, this wine is replete with dense, black fruit and a silky yet rich mouthfeel that contributes to the length of finish and overall structural integrity of Lineage | Livermore Valley

Lencioni Vineyard

Planted to two Bordeaux clones (337 & 191) of Cabernet Sauvignon, this unique, horseshoe-shaped site produces fruit with complex herbal notes of sage and bay leaf and a fine-grained tannic structure that lends a sense of elegance and ageability.

Sachau Vineyard

Located in the rolling hills a mile south of the Winery, this site which is planted to Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337 and Concannon 8, produces black-fruited wines of wonderful density and elaborate aromatics.

Smith Ranch

One of the more westerly-oriented Cabernet Sauvignon sites we use, the Concannon clone 8 here produces the most structurally focused and tannic wines in our portfolio. We have made single-vineyard wines from this site since 2002 and it has been part of the Lineage | Livermore Valley blend in practically every release.

Casa de Viñas

Located in the rolling hills a mile south of the Winery, this site which is planted to Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337 and Concannon 8, produces black-fruited wines of wonderful density and elaborate aromatics.