Thursday, December 25, 2008

Finding a New Direction in the Old

Steven Kent began life with one mission and one wine.

Our mission to create world-class wine hasn't changed since the first day, but our lineup of wines has grown dramatically. 2009 will mark a return to our first love: Cabernet.

With three distinct, potentially world-class vineyard sites now in full production, we have the vinous pieces in place to match our mission to reality. We will be offering seven different Cabernets in the coming year; wines separated by relative quality and production levels. Each of these wonderful wines is complete unto itself and reflects the best of site, clone, and vintage.

Our top tier of Cabernet, the Premier Cabernet Collection is composed of two 2009 release wines: 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Ghielmetti Vineyard, Clone 30 and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Ghielmetti Vineyard, Clone 191. Each of these wines is available in 3-pack boxes and will be released in March and September respectively. Only 192 3-packs of each wine were produced. The Clone 30 wine is one of the finest wines we have yet made and is a beautiful example of classic Cabernet flavors and structure.

Three wines make up the 2009 Single Vineyard Series lineup: 2006 Cabernet Sauvigon - HRV; 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Smith Ranch; and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Ghielmetti Vineyard. These wines are made in extremely small supply, and each represents the finest few barrels chosen from the larger lot of wine. Only 125, 50, and 75 cases of these wines were produced.

Our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Livermore Valley is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from three different vineyards and is the only wine we produce that is available, at this time, in stores and restaurants. This wine displays great richness of texture and complexity of aromas and flavors and will be released in April 2009.

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon made exclusively for members of our Future Release Program rounds out our 2009 releases.

2009 marks a year of renewal for the Steven Kent Winery. For those who love Cabernet as much as I do, it is going to be a great year.


Anonymous said...

To all you out there, wine lovers, friends of SK wines - take note. I have worked the tasting room for about 7 years, tasted a few vintages, can't spell worth a darn, and call tell your this. SK has made many very, very good wines, a few excellent wines, and a handful of OMG wines. That's Oh My Gosh. Think 1996 SK Cab. 2001 Cab. Radius. Others that don't come to mind (mostly Club greats). Then, we have clone 30. This is truly an OMG wine. While you could drink it now, waiting about 4 to 5 years will justify the wait. Don't think price, think VALUE. If you read this, and this wine is available, get it.
PCC wine that is, in a phrase, OMG.

Steven said...

Thank you TRM.

I am very happy with the way the Premier Cabernet Collection, Clone 30 is progressing. I, too, think it is several years away from being ready to drink. I think, also, it is one of the top 3-4 Cabernets we have yet produced.

As I have written about extensively, our reason for being is to produce world-class Cabernet from the Livermore Valley. I think we are beginning to match reality to goal.

Thanks for the kind words.

Steven Mirassou