Vine-O Distributors Inc.

Distributor of Modern Classics

2009 Steven Kent Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, our thirteenth vintage, is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon (from the Home Ranch, Ghielmetti Estate, and Folkendt vineyards) and a few percent each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This wine is consistent with most releases in this tier in that it is meant to be an expression of Cabernet that is pure Livermore Valley: rich, dense fruit on entry, an expansive mid-palate, and a structuring finish capable of aging.<.>

Taken together—as with this offering—one finds a wine with classic aromatics and flavors of cassis, cedar, bittersweet chocolate, graphite, and black cherry. In the mouth, the wine enters with dense fruit, shows a viscous, tannic mid-palate, and finishes with a balance of tannin and acid that creates both nice length and age-worthiness.

Steven Kent

The Steven Kent Winery was started in 1996 with the planting of our vineyard site and a mission to produce distinctive Cabernet from the Livermore Valley that could compete in quality with any other appellation. Our first vintage – 1996 – was released three years later to much acclaim, setting a quality benchmark for Cabernet from Livermore. Though not beholden to 100% Cabernet wines, desiring instead to produce the best possible offering, most of our releases have been varietally pure. Our experience working with Livermore Valley fruit has shown this varietal, grown here, to be a hallmark of both complexity and grace.

Livermore Valley

The Livermore Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Alameda County, California, surrounding the city of Livermore in the Tri-Valley region. Both the AVA and the city are named after Robert Livermore, a landowner whose holdings encompassed the valley. The groundwater basin underlying the valley is the Livermore Basin, the largest sub-unit of which is the Mocho Subbasin. The Livermore Basin is one of five aquifers in the San Francisco Bay Area that supply most of the metropolitan Bay Area population. The entire Livermore Basin aquifer faces a concern over elevated total dissolved solids by the year 2020 due to an expanding human population leading to higher rates of return water flows to the aquifer containing certain salts.