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2013 Steven Kent US Red Blend "Lineage"

Winery: Steven Kent

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Lineage"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot & 2% Malbec

Region: Livermore Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $155

Cases produced: 277

KWG Score: 92.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 3, 2017

Wine Review: This slightly cloudy and dark red colored blend from Steven Kent is very good. It opens with fragrant black cherry bouquet with hints of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very approachable. The flavor profile is an easy to enjoy mild mineral infused cherry with notes of gentle red currant and plum with a touch of oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins drift away nicely. This very nice wine is ready to go now and would pair nicely with a filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: 2013 was the finest vintage in the Livermore Valley in at least 20 years. 2013 signals the increasing importance of Cabernet Franc in not only the percentage of the final assemblage, but also in the way its varietal characteristics embody our winemaking philosophy. Prizing beauty (balance, persistence of aroma & flavor, litheness of structure and complexity) over sheer power, Cabernet Franc - at least as it produces at the Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard - contributes red fruit and complexing herbal notes, abundant acidity, and a panoply of beguiling flavors that Lineage deftly and winningly through the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine's base; Merlot - its opulent fleshiness; Petit Verdot and Malbec - their aromatics and tannin. As always, Cabernet Franc is Lineage's heart.

Organic status: not organic

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