Steven Kent Mirassou
A simple and lofty goal was the background for Steven Kent Mirassou to begin his winery in 1996, called Steve Kent Winery. That goal was simply to make Cabernet Sauvignon wines in Livermore Valley that rival in quality with the greatest red wines made anywhere in the world. Fast forward to 2021 and in 2020 Steven Kent Winery received the first 100 point wine rating giving to a Livermore Wine with his Lineage Wine. Wine Enthusiast stated “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”. Today Steven Kent has at least seven wine labels in his portfolio: The Lineage Wines, The Premier Cabernet line, The Steven Kent Cabernet, Various Red Wine & Blends, Mia Nipote and Ragbag Works. I am sure a few more wines are hidden in the cellar!
Here is a previous story on his Lineage line with more details of his craftsmanship as a winemaker:
The Single Vineyard Series – Sachau Vineyard
Steven Kent’s Single Vineyard Series is a limited offering of wines that highlight the unique characteristics of a specific vineyard. This vineyard is located just west of Mines Road and south of Tesla Road in the center of Livermore Valley at an elevation of a little more than 800 feet above sea level. The vineyard has four of the Bordeaux varieties planted on it. The skins were allowed to macerate in the wine for 12 to 14 days, then aged in mostly new French oak barrels for almost 24 months. Only 5 barrels were produced of this wonderful 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sachau Vineyard
Choosing this site for one of his high quality Cabernet Sauvignons, the wine is extremely dark in red and purple hues with medium viscosity. Aromas of dark black fruit, oak and chocolate waft into the nose. In the palate, the expansion of the aromas become black cherries, plum and raspberries. The long dusty finish shows only a portion of the unique character of Sachau Vineyards with a hint of dark chocolate. The acidity and tannins are so well balanced with no sharp edges. Just smooth and mouth quenching juice is experienced sip after sip.
If you have not had the pleasure to taste his now “world class and 100 point wines”, hurry because they will be sold out in the near future!