OCTOBER RELEASE

2017

Wine Maker’s Vintage Notes

Lineage Wine Company’s singular offering aspires to be one of the truly great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in the world. Lineage | Livermore Valley is a product of meticulously-farmed fruit from the Livermore Valley’s finest vineyards and the vision of sixth-generation winemaker, Steven Mirassou.
      2017 marks our eleventh, and finest, release of Lineage thus far. The wine comprises fewer than 400 cases and more than 80% of our Bordeaux-varietal production was declassified. With the exception of the 2011 and 2015 vintages, this decade has produced a string of harvest-year conditions that are characterized by consistency and temperance. Typically, our appellation, from July – August, hovers around 88 degrees on average. This temperature is ideal for the uniform ripening of fruit going through veraison during this window. Heat spikes around Labor Day are generally brief, though this year temperatures of greater than 105o lasted for five straight days and presented a great challenge to those who did not water into the heat event properly.
      All of the fruit coming in from the six different vineyards we use was of the highest quality we have seen in 24 years of winemaking in Livermore. The level of fruit quality was so elevated that five different sites contributed Cabernet Sauvignon to the final blend. While Cabernet Franc has been ascendant in terms of its percentage of the overall blend, 2017 saw Merlot taking its place as the second largest contributor at 20%. This variety was remarkably structured and flavorful, surpassing the 2009 as the best Merlot with which we have worked. The 2017 release is gorgeously massive and will require 5-10 years to begin to show its myriad complexities. With proper storage, 2017 Lineage will age for 30 years.

Harvest Date

October 2 – October 27, 2017

Cépage

75% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.

Alcohol

14.9%

Time in Barrel

22 months

Bottling Date

March 6, 2020

Release Date

October 3, 2020

Drink

2026 – 2047

Fermentation

Two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were fermented in stainless-steel tank while the rest was fermented separately in 1.7-ton open-topped fermenters. Malo-lactic conversion was induced in barrel.

Aging

100% of the barrels included in this blend were French oak, 60% new (Le Grand, Taransaud, and François Frères.) Total aging time was 22 months.

Bottles Produced

3,964 bottles, 60 magnums, 5 double-magnums, and 5 five-liters

Library Wines

2016 Dark to black fruit flavors, significant richness and depth of structure. Drink 2024 – 2036 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 59%
Cabernet Franc 27%
Merlot 9%
Petit Verdot 5%
Winemaker Notes
2015 Significant dark fruit, entry tannin, and un-evolved aromas, showing complexity hidden beneath youthful exuberance for years. Drink 2022 – 2035 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 80%
Cabernet Franc 10%
Merlot 5%
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 2022 – 2035 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 2020 – 2035 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 2018 – 2030 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 2017 – 2030 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 62%
Merlot 19%
Cabernet Franc 14%
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 2016 – 2026 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 2015 – 2026 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 63%
Merlot 27%
Malbec 5%
Petit Verdot 3%
Cabernet Franc 2%
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%
Petit Verdot 5%
Malbec 3%
Merlot 2%
Winemaker Notes
2007 Our first vintage is just opening up now. Dark fruit, nice entry richness with great structure throughout. Drink 2014 – 2024 Cépage Cabernet Sauvignon 75%
Cabernet Franc 15%
Petit Verdot 5%
Malbec 3%
Merlot 2%
Winemaker Notes