Lineage Wine Company Launches 2017 100-Point ‘Lineage’ Cabernet Blend
Exclusive Lineage Virtual Tasting Experience, October 28, 2020
Livermore, California—October 5, 2020— October marks the release of the latest in the acclaimed “Lineage” series of wines created by winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou, and his team. These wines, produced as part of The Lineage Collection, are the result of Mirassou’s lifelong ambition to produce Bordeaux-style blends that can rival the world’s iconic red wines.
Even before its official release, the 2017 vintage of Lineage met with unprecedented critical acclaim. Acclaimed wine critic Steve Heimoff, who wrote for many years for Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, awarded the 2017 Lineage an unprecedented 100 points. Heimoff remarked that of the thousands of Cabernet blends he had tasted over the course of his career, “none tasted better. The precision, craftsmanship and aesthetic impact of Lineage are remarkable.
Mirassou, sixth-generation winemaker from America’s oldest family of winemakers, his 7and Aidan, the son of Assistant Winemaker of the Generation, and Beth Refsnider, Assistant Winemaker, together make wine for Lineage Wine Company and The Steven Kent Winery. These two wine brands are widely considered to be among the most prestigious in the Livermore appellation. Since founding The Steven Kent Winery in 1996, Steven Mirassou’s goal has been to create world-class blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style Livermore Valley wines.
“I’m thrilled to have made such an impression on one of the toughest wine critics out there,” Mirassou said. “Steve Heimoff underscores what I’ve always known of the Livermore Valley: it is capable of greatness and deserves the attention and respect of anyone who considers themselves a connoisseur of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the world.”
The 2017 line is made up of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon from five different vineyards (Sachau, Ghielmetti, Home Ranch, Lencioni and Smith), 20% Merlot from the Ghielmetti vineyard and 5% Cabernet Franc, also from Ghielmetti. About the wine, notes Mirassou, “2017 marks our eleventh and best Lineage release to date. All of the fruit from the six different vineyards we use was of the highest quality we have seen in 24 years of winemaking at Livermore. He called the 2017 Merlot the best they’ve ever worked with, praising its structure and mid-palate.
Offered to members of the Lineage Collection last weekend, a limited number of 2017 Lineage bottles and subscriptions are now available for serious wine connoisseurs. Interested parties may contact Nancy Castro for an invitation to a private online tasting session of the current release, as well as the full blend of the upcoming 2018 lineage and components of the 2019 lineage, which has yet to be blended. Attendees will be able to pre-order a Lineage Tasting Kit ahead of the tasting, which will take place on October 28.
Members of Lineage’s winemaking team will be on hand for this first Lineage virtual tasting, providing insight into how they craft the blend each year and sharing their stories of how they select the best batches from the winery. to begin the long trial process.
Of the 2018 Lineage blend, made from 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, Mirassou says, “It’s a worthy successor to the 2017, with incredible complexity of flavors, beautiful aromas and magnificent volume. The Cabernet Franc gives it a nice rhythm and the Merlot adds some great dark fruit. Only two viticultural sources of Cabernet Sauvignon were deemed of sufficient quality to be selected for the 2018 line.
The 2019 sections share more in common with those of 2017, observes Mirassou. Several sources of Cabernet Sauvignon contribute to the complexity, and more weight will be given to Cabernet Franc, with perhaps a little Petit Verdot. He predicts that the 2019 line will show more generosity than the 2018.
Mirassou plans to make several vintages from the cellar’s Lineage bottling library available to Lineage members later this year. They will surely make a good start for the year 2020.
To learn more about getting on the Lineage attribution list or signing up for the Lineage Virtual Experience on October 28, contact Nancy Castro, Director of Sales and Marketing at [email protected] or 408-637-1452 (mobile).
More information about Lineage can be found at www.lineagewine.com