I had the opportunity today to get my glass and my thief and my spit cup and go into the cellar to taste through barrels.
We call it barrel surfing and believe that it should be an Olympic sport (it’s that much fun!). Taste a barrel, make notes, sanitize the thief…taste another one. Lovely rhythm. The cellar is my church; the cellar is my home.
If no one knows a wine exists, it doesn’t matter how great it may be. When the people who know about that wine are prominent wine critics (and they’re saying nice things about the wines), the megaphone gets larger.
Steve Heimoff, former critic for the Wine Enthusiast and one of the most esteemed wine writers around, called the 2017 Lineage (to which he gave a perfect 100-point score!) in his recent blog post:
I have…my notes of the tens of thousands of California Cabs and blends I tasted in my career. And frankly, none have been better. A huge achievement, both for Steven Kent and for the Livermore Valley to which he has been dedicated for so long. Score: 100 points.
Thanks for the kind words, Steve.
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Steve Heimoff, esteemed wine critic, just gave The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon a perfect 100-point score, writing:
The result is, in a word, stunning. I would stand it next to any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world; it’s that good. I could give this wine 98, 99 points and hedge my bets, but why bother? It’s perfect. Score: 100 points.
One of the many wonderful things about wine is that it is always changing. Like every other living thing, it has a life-cycle. The best wines, those meant for long-term aging, start out as rebellious teens, have a long and glorious adulthood, then slowly descend dirtward.
For this critic, at this moment, this wine…The Premier Cabernet is perfect. You can click here to purchase and make up your own mind!
Esteemed wine critic, Steve Heimoff, recently wrote about a number of our new releases. He described the 2017 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:
The best Ghielmetti from Steven Kent I ever reviewed was the 2007, and this beauty is even better. Right from the get-go, you know it’s a fine, serious wine.
One never tires of hearing nice words.