Steven Kent Winery: Taste the Best of Livermore Valley Wine With a quest to create the best Bordeaux wines in the area, Steven Kent has created a standard for the region. BY TOURING & TASTING
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Steven Kent at his vineyard.
“ Steven Kent is producing today’s greatest Livermore Cabernets, wines that hearken back to the valley’s roots as one of California’s best wine regions.”
Although he grew up in a family that has been making wine for six generations, it wasn’t until 1996 that Steven Kent Mirassou brought his love of great Cabernet Sauvignon to the Livermore Valley and started The Steven Kent Winery, with the singular focus of crafting the very best possible Bordeaux wines.
Actually, Cabernet was anything but new to the Livermore Valley; it had grown there successfully since the late 1800s. But, inspired by the climate and soils of Livermore Valley, Steven wanted to raise the bar. And he did.
Today, The Steven Kent Winery is a standard-bearer for the region, crafting small lot vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties. In fact, according to Wine Enthusiast, "Steven Kent is producing today’s greatest Livermore Cabernets, wines that hearken back to the valley’s roots as one of California’s best wine regions."
The current portfolio begins with the 2014 Steven Kent Lola, a gracious white Bordeaux-style The Steven Kent Winery blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The 2012 Steven Kent Premier is a truly historic Cabernet made from 100 percent best-of-vintage Cabernet grapes. There are also limited releases in the BDX Collection (wines based on other Bordeaux varieties, including Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc). Only a few barrels are produced each year of several estate Cabernets in the winery’s Single Vineyard Series of Cabernet Sauvignon. Above all is Lineage, Steven Kent’s classic blend of the five basic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Merlot.
The Steven Kent Winery is located in the heart of Livermore Valley wine country. The spacious and nicely lit Barrel Room is open daily, and The Reserve Room is open only on Saturdays and Sundays. Regardless of when they choose to visit, guests are always able to sample Steven’s superior wines and realize the potential of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Livermore Valley.
What to Buy '14 Lola White Blend - $24
Lemongrass, citrus, mineral, grass
'12 Cabernet Franc, Ghielmetti Vineyard - $48
Dark berries, cherry, black currant, spice
'12 The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon - $100
Black cherry, plum, chocolate, toasted oak
'12 Lineage - $155
Black fruit, lead, fennel pollen, coffee
Private tastings by appointment, winemaker on site, wine club events, winemaker dinners, picnic grounds.