The Steven Kent Winery is quickly making a name for itself and setting the standard for quality Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore. The wines are garnering acclaim from industry experts and tasting room visitors alike.
Recently, Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated several Steven Kent wines. Not surprisingly, these wines earned words of praise from the experts. Wine Enthusiast wine ratings are based on tastings by the magazine’s editors and other qualified tasting panelists, either individually or in a group setting. Tastings are conducted blind or in accordance with accepted industry practices.
Here’s what the experts at Wine Enthusiast had to say:
93 points. This is a beautiful, intricate and appealing Cabernet to drink with upscale fare, like a very fine steak. It’s bone dry, but very rich and sweet in blackberry, cherry and currant fruit, and there’s a nice cut of acidity for balance. 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. Drink now–2013.
93 points. Give this Cabernet some time in the cellar. Right now, it’s a little tough in acids and tannins, although the blackberry, cherry, black currant and smoky oak flavors are rich and fine and enjoyable now. But it should soften and be even more approachable after 2013.
91 points. This is a lovely wine to drink now. It’s so dry and elegantly constructed, with wonderfully ripe tannins and great integration of oak with the fruit. There’s a nice balance of acidity to balance the blackberry, cherry and cola flavors. Drink now, with a brief decant.
Two more Steven Kent Cabernet Sauvignons also received high ratings with Wine Enthusiast. The popularity of these wines with consumers is evident, as these are sold out.
Wine Enthusiast ratings are based on tastings by the magazine’s editors and other qualified tasting panelists, either individually or in a group setting. Tastings are conducted blind or in accordance with accepted industry practices.
Wine Enthusiast Scores:
- 95-100 — Superb. One of the greats.
- 90-94 — Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.
- 85-89 — Very good. May offer outstanding value if the price is right.
- 80-84 — Good. Solid wine, suitable for everyday consumption.
Visitors to Steven Kent can expect a knowledgeable, friendly tasting room staff that will guide you through the tasting flight options. Visitors can choose between the Barrel Room Flight and Reserve Flight. There is also a special table tasting flight that is accompanied with hand-selected artisan cheeses. During the warmer months, tastings can also be done on the patio with views of the surrounding vineyard.
Steven Kent Winery is open daily from noon to 4:30 pm.