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Darcie Kent Cabernet Sauvignon Madden Ranch Livermore Valley 2010

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Established in 1996, Darcie Kent Vineyards is a family-owned & operated winery in the Livermore Valley located East of the San Francisco Bay. Fifth Generation vintner/artist Darcie Kent and Hungarian-born winemaker Julian Halasz work in unison to handcraft small lot, single vineyard wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned vineyards in Monterey and the Livermore Valley. This Cab from the outstanding 2010 vintage is sourced from the vineyard owned by NFL great Bill Madden. Atop the steep hillsides near Poppy Ridge at elevations ranging from 800 to 1000 feet, the vineyard is one of the highest vineyards in the Livermore valley. It is so steep that water runs off quickly and the vines struggle to survive and the resulting grapes are both complex and intense, with flavors big and bold. Hand harvested over a series of nights, and fermented for 14 days the wine was then aged in 30% new French oak for 20 months and one year in the bottle. It shows blackberry and black cherry fruit harmonize with the velvety tannins that result from the extended bottle age and a long smoky finish. On Sale!

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Darcie Kent Vineyards:
Darcie Kent Vineyards is nestled in the Crane Ridge foothills on the eastern edge of Livermore Valley. Darcie and David were first attracted to this Merlot vineyard in 1995 while searching the western U.S. for the best growing conditions in which to nurture the grape that made Bordeaux's Pomerol region famous.By that time, Washington State was already establishing a reputation for its Merlot, g... Read more
Darcie Kent Vineyards is nestled in the Crane Ridge foothills on the eastern edge of Livermore Valley. Darcie and David were first attracted to this Merlot vineyard in 1995 while searching the western U.S. for the best growing conditions in which to nurture the grape that made Bordeaux's Pomerol region famous.By that time, Washington State was already establishing a reputation for its Merlot, grown on the windy, dry slopes that drain into the cool Columbia River valley. California however, had yet to develop a proven region where Merlot consistently achieved world-class status. For most Golden State vintners, Merlot was a classic blender for fine Cabernet Sauvignon or a softer, less tannic "fighting varietal". But in Crane Ridge's well-drained gravely soils, cool nights and persistent San Francisco Bay breezes, the Kents' saw the place where Merlot might realize its' quality potential in California. Read less

External Reviews for Darcie Kent Cabernet Sauvignon Madden Ranch Livermore Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/05/2015

Established in 1996, Darcie Kent Vineyards is a family-owned & operated winery in the Livermore Valley located East of the San Francisco Bay. Fifth Generation vintner/artist Darcie Kent and Hungarian-born winemaker Julian Halasz work in unison to handcraft small lot, single vineyard wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned vineyards in Monterey and the Livermore Valley. This Cab from the outstanding 2010 vintage is sourced from the vineyard owned by NFL great Bill Madden. Atop the steep hillsides near Poppy Ridge at elevations ranging from 800 to 1000 feet, the vineyard is one of the highest vineyards in the Livermore valley. It is so steep that water runs off quickly and the vines struggle to survive and the resulting grapes are both complex and intense, with flavors big and bold. Hand harvested over a series of nights, and fermented for 14 days the wine was then aged in 30% new French oak for 20 months and one year in the bottle. It shows blackberry and black cherry fruit harmonize with the velvety tannins that result from the extended bottle age and a long smoky finish. On Sale!


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/31/2015

Established in 1996, Darcie Kent Vineyards is a family-owned & operated winery in the Livermore Valley located East of the San Francisco Bay. Fifth Generation vintner/artist Darcie Kent and Hungarian-born winemaker Julian Halasz work in unison to handcraft small lot, single vineyard wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned vineyards in Monterey and the Livermore Valley. This Cab from the outstanding 2010 vintage is sourced from the vineyard owned by NFL great John Madden. Atop the steep hillsides near Poppy Ridge at elevations ranging from 800 to 1000 feet, the vineyard is one of the highest vineyards in the Livermore valley. It is so steep that water runs off quickly and the vines struggle to survive and the resulting grapes are both complex and intense, with flavors big and bold. Hand harvested over a series of nights, and fermented for 14 days the wine was then aged in 30% new French oak for 20 months and one year in the bottle. It shows blackberry and black cherry fruit harmonize with the velvety tannins that result from the extended bottle age and a long smoky finish. On Sale!



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