Darcie Kent Vineyards

(925) 443-5368 7639 Cedar Mountain Rd
Livermore, CA 94550
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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. – Description from Kursulla

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grüner Veltliner

    Grüner Veltliner (spelled Gruener when the umlaut is not present and also known as Weissgipfler, Manhardsrebe Grüner...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Darcie Kent Crown Block Merlot 2009

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  • Darcie Kent Madden Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Merlot Livermore Valley 2011

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2011

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  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Grüner Veltliner Monterey Rava Blackjack Vineyard 2011

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  • One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean up the cellar a bit. A big project but one we should all undertake, To that end I rooted around a bit, admittedly not making much progress, but none the less finding a few bottles that i had been waiting to taste. Waiting for other peer examples to taste them with. Examples that have not materia... Read More

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  • Darcie Kent Petite Sirah Madden Ranch 2008

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    Spicy with a touch of grass accenting the subtle wood spice and soft cooked plum , blackberry and licorice aromas of the nose. Broad and bright and rich with tart plum and candied blackberry fruit on entry. there are well managed, soft tannins here adding nice support though this never becomes thick or chewy. A touch of leather and earth adds so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Madden Ranch 2010

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    This was a pleasant surprise. had t his at a restaurant last night at my wife's Christmas party. Decent nose, and some fairly good structure. Some oak on the mid palate that jumps out at you. All and all a good economical Cabernet for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2010

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    A little sweet and oaky on the nose with a dusty floral top note and reticent citrus fruit aromas. A bit soft, and certainly creamy and caramelly in the mouth with subtle apple, citrus and spiced flavors wrapped up in creamy almond laced oak. The finish is a bit short and simple, making this rather simple. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Grüner Veltliner Monterey Rava Blackjack Vineyard 2011

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    A touch waxy on the nose there's plenty of peachy and mango toned citrus fruit here.A touch soft and round in the mouth, this delivers a nice mineral backed mouthful of lemon pith white peach and green plum flavors that lead to a firm, moderately long finish which shows a touch of mineral cut and a lingering hint of sweet green herb on the fina... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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