Current Vintage

2016

10th Anniversary Vintage Notes

Each vintage of Lineage begins with the evaluation of individual lots of wine after malo-lactic conversion is finished in late winter the year after harvesting. The evaluation process will take many months as each barrel in each lot is tasted blind several times before it is deemed of great-enough quality to be considered 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 an elegant whole, then bottled. In most vintages, more than 90% of our Bordeaux-varietal production is declassified.
     No two Lineage wines are the same, and the blend can change dramatically from one vintage to the next. We approach the winemaking of each wine with a vision in mind then work to add and remove barrels through the course of many blending trials that will move the wine ever closer to the grand goal of a wine that is beautiful, age-worthy, that will create an emotional connection with the drinker, and that is profoundly delicious.

Harvest Date

September 23 – October 22, 2016

Cépage

59% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Cabernet Franc; 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Alcohol

14.4%

Time in Barrel

22 months

Bottling Date

March 6, 2019

Release Date

October 10, 2019

Drink

2024 – 2036

Fermentation

After destemming and crushing, each varietal was fermented separately in 1.7 ton open topped fermenters. Fermentation and extended maceration lasted from two to four weeks. Malo-actic conversion was induced in barrel.

Aging

60% of the barrels included in this blend were new French oak (Le Grand, Doreau, and François Frerès.) Total aging time was 22 months.

Bottles Produced

2,814 bottles, 60 magnums, 5 double-magnums, and 5 five-liters

Library Wines

2015 Significant dark fruit, entry tannin, and un-evolved aromas, showing complexity hidden beneath youthful exuberance for years. Drink 2025 – 2040 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 59%
Cabernet Franc 27%
Merlot 9%
Petit Verdot 5%
Winemaker Notes
2014 More sinew than 2013, great acidity carries dark fruit to long finish highlighted by significant tannin and freshness. Drink 2023 – 2037 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Cabernet Franc 35%
Merlot 10%
Petit Verdot 5%
Winemaker Notes
2013 First Cabernet Franc-heavy vintage; still opening to reveal dark fruit, significant tannin and lively acidity and elegance from Franc. Drink 2022 – 2037 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Cabernet Franc 30%
Merlot 15%
Petit Verdot 3%
Malbec 2%
Winemaker Notes
2012 Reticent dark fruit and youth hide immensely complex wine that will show great balance, heft, and age-ability. Drink 2020 – 2035 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 72%
Cabernet Franc 14%
Merlot 10%
Petit Verdot 4%
Winemaker Notes
2011 Challenging vintage led to wine with abundance of black fruit, acidic tension, power, grace and flavor. Drink 2019 – 2037 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 62%
Cabernet Franc 14%
Merlot 19%
Petit Verdot 3%
Malbec 2%
Winemaker Notes
2010 Opulent like 2009 but with more heft, this wine shows wonderful power, complexity, and deftness throughout. Drink 2019 – 2035 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 65%
Cabernet Franc 16%
Merlot 15%
Petit Verdot 3%
Malbec 1%
Winemaker Notes
2009 The most opulent release yet – and the highest percentage of Merlot. Black fruit, subtle herb, luscious mouth-feel. Drink 2019 – 2030 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 63%
Cabernet Franc 2%
Merlot 27%
Petit Verdot 3%
Malbec 5%
Winemaker Notes
2008 With more Cabernet Sauvignon than the previous vintage, this wine is still showing wonderful richness with firm tannins. Drink 2019 – 2032 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 81%
Cabernet Franc 9%
Merlot 2%
Petit Verdot 5%
Malbec 3%
Winemaker Notes
2007 Our first vintage is just opening up now. Dark fruit, nice entry richness with great structure throughout. Drink 2019 – 2029 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 75%
Cabernet Franc 15%
Merlot 2%
Petit Verdot 5%
Malbec 3%
Winemaker Notes