Friday, April 17, 2009

Steven Kent - Lot 541 - Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Blend - Livermore Valley

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Lot 541 – Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend – Livermore Valley

Lot 541 encompasses many of the beautiful qualities of both its parts – Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The name refers to the fact that the Cabernet Franc was the 41st wine to be made in 2005 in the small lot winery where Steven Kent does all of the production. This wine is a blend of 42% Cabernet Franc fro the Ghielmetti Vineyard and 58% Cabernet Sauvignon from the McGrail Vineyard, both located in the historic Livermore Valley.

The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with the planting of the vineyard site and had a mission to create distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon from the Livermore Valley.

Cabernet Franc is quickly becoming one of my favorite varieties. It possess sandalwood essence, red fruits and licorice undertones. First sip of the wine is very supple, owning the Cabernet Sauvignon flavor and texture. On the mid-palate, the wine turns a bit to the red fruit spectrum and show wonderful palate cleansing. The finish is long and nods toward Franc.

We belong to the Collector’s Circle wine club and this is one of the wines from the club. Steven Kent is a wonderful find in the Livermore Valley with great small lot wines and extremely friendly when you visit their winery.

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