Thursday, January 15, 2015

WineStudio: Steven Kent Winery

"The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with one mission: to make Cabernet here in the Livermore Valley that rivals in quality the greatest red wines made anywhere in the world."

Steven Kent Winery

As part of the January #WineStudio, we were treated to samples of wines from the Steven Kent Winery, owned by 6th generation winemaker, Steven Mirassou. Livermore Valley has a long history of growing the “Bordeaux” varietals, ongoing once it became apparent that the climate and soils closely resemble those of Bordeaux’s famed left bank of the Gironde. Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard became the predominant fruit source for The Steven Kent Winery in 2005 and is planted to all five classic Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec), though grapes are sourced from 4 other vineyards as well.

Tasting Notes:
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard and Home Ranch; 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard; fermented in stainless 1 3⁄4-ton open-topped fermenters; each lot of wine was made separately then blended about 6 months prior to release; aged 24 months in 60% new oak, mostly French with a small percentage of Appalachian barrels; beautiful ruby color; cedar, spice, dark cherry, plum, and herbal aromas; black cherry, red berry, and herbal flavors; nice balance of acids and tannins; medium finish; released May 2014, should cellar beautifully for more than a few years; ABV 13.5%; natural cork enclosure; 983 cases produced; SRP $48.

2011 Petit Verdot Ghielmetti Vineyard: fermented in 1.7 ton open-top fermenters; aged 20 months in 60-70% new French and American oak; blackberry, cedar, molasses, and herbal aromas; plum, leather, licorice, smoke, and cocoa flavors; strong acidic backbone; lingering finish; released October 2014, should cellar beautifully for more than a few years; ABV 14.3%; natural cork closure; 142 cases produced; SRP $50.
These wine were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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