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.
September 23 – October 22, 2016
59% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Cabernet Franc; 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
March 6, 2019
October 10, 2019
2024 – 2036
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.
60% of the barrels included in this blend were new French oak (Le Grand, Doreau, and François Frerès.) Total aging time was 22 months.
2,814 bottles, 60 magnums, 5 double-magnums, and 5 five-liters