Steven Kent Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard once again shows very strongly. It is their third offering from this site. This wine is organoleptically characterized by a balanced blend of red and dark fruits (red cherry, blackberry, cassis), their interplay very obvious in the mouth where the dark fruits add volume and the red a sense of pace and acidity. Similar to all of the red wines of the 2015 vintage, this vintage of Ghielmetti Estate Cabernet tilts, structurally, toward the acid-driven end of the spectrum. A bit leaner from entry to mid-palate than the previous two releases, the wine does show polished tannins, dark to black fruit, and gorgeous acidity that heightens the sense of pace and freshness in the wine, especially mid-palate to finish. The finish contains a very appropriate sense of tannin contribution and youthful hardness (especially in the slightly forward wood tannins
that will soften over time). This offering should age gracefully for more than 5-7 years, and we believe this wine showcases a vision for Cabernet Sauvignon that is in keeping with the world-class potential of the Livermore Valley.
Livermore Valley has a long, dedicated history of growing the “Bordeaux” varietals, and in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1880s, pioneering winegrowers began to discover the potential of the Livermore Valley region. Then, as today, L.V.’s climate and soils closely resemble those of Bordeaux’s famed left bank of the Gironde. By the turn of the last century, Livermore Valley was already far ahead of its Napa Valley neighbor in specializing in the Bordeaux varieties. Our goal at Steven Kent is to carry on that tradition.
They have worked joyously and strenuously to know their vineyards; to learn how their fruit expresses itself from those sites; to discover the best winemaking and barrel regimens that translates those grapes into world-class vintages. They are very gratified that customers, critics, and collectors alike consider our “historic Cabernet” to be an essential addition to their table, their “best of lists,” and their cellars”.
A warm sub-appellation of the greater San Francisco Bay AVA (American Viticultural Area), Livermore Valley mainly hides behind the shielding effects of the bay’s eastern hills. However, late afternoon winds cool down summer nights as daytime heat rises from the Central Valley in the east, pulling the cold, foggy, bay air inland. This cooler evening air permeates the Livermore Valley's foothills, making this an ideal environment for the development of phenolic ripeness and concentration in its wine grapes.
The Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions and has played a crucial role in shaping California's wine industry. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. Then in the mid 1800s, a man named Robert Livermore planted the area’s first commercial vineyards. Winemaker pioneer C. H. Wente arrived a few years later; today the Wente Chardonnay clone is the source of a majority of California Chardonnay. Furthermore, James Concannon and the Wetmore brothers recognized the virtues of the area’s Bordeaux-like gravel soils and dedicated themselves to making high quality wine from Bordeaux varieties. Today the area is also known for high quality Petite Sirah.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.