Kalin Cellars

Livermore Valley Sémillon

9.257 ratings
9.227 pro ratings
Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Sémillon
Blue Cheese, Fruit Desserts
Top Notes For
Christine Havens

A rare find, Kalin Cellars only releases to its mailing list. It's very difficult, indeed to find an example of an aged California Semillon. The nose is lush, with layers of dried apricots and pear jelly, marzipan and brown butter sauce. In the mouth, it's equally rich, glycerolly and silky...walnut oil, mandarin orange. An incredible treat and absolutely lovely with Salade Niçoise with seared Ahi tuna.

A rare find, Kalin Cellars only releases to its mailing list. It's very difficult, indeed to find an example of an aged California Semillon. The nose is lush, with layers of dried apricots and pear jelly, marzipan and brown butter sauce. In the mouth, it's equally rich, glycerolly and silky...walnut oil, mandarin orange. An incredible treat and absolutely lovely with Salade Niçoise with seared Ahi tuna.

4 people found it helpfulJun 13th, 2014
Deborah Heath

Microbiologists Terry & Frances Leighton at Kalin Cellars have given Semillon its due, from old Livermore vines, some pre-Prohibition. This 2000 is their most recent release. Incredible verve & complexity.
@SEWineCollective.

Microbiologists Terry & Frances Leighton at Kalin Cellars have given Semillon its due, from old Livermore vines, some pre-Prohibition. This 2000 is their most recent release. Incredible verve & complexity.
@SEWineCollective.

2 people found it helpfulSep 16th, 2014
Pax Mahle

Owner/Winemaker Wind Gap Wines, Agharta & Pax

9.5

Twisted crazy shit...drinking great

Twisted crazy shit...drinking great

1 person found it helpfulOct 29th, 2013
Alex Alan

Wine Director Hotel Delmano

9.2

2000. Texturally dense, lush and waxy. Oak also lends lots of sweet spice layered over tropical fruit. Wild and crazy and weird and delicious.

2000. Texturally dense, lush and waxy. Oak also lends lots of sweet spice layered over tropical fruit. Wild and crazy and weird and delicious.

Oct 5th, 2015
Adam Nelson

This is so delicious. Full bodied slight honeysuckle and golden deliciousness

This is so delicious. Full bodied slight honeysuckle and golden deliciousness

Sep 13th, 2015
Kurt-Inge Eklund

The Kalin wines have always amazed me...

The Kalin wines have always amazed me...

Aug 18th, 2015
Molly Brooks

Wax on!
15 yr old Livermore Valley California Semillon. Thanks for insisting that we give this gem a try
@Jeremiah Allen !

Wax on!
15 yr old Livermore Valley California Semillon. Thanks for insisting that we give this gem a try
@Jeremiah Allen !

Jun 5th, 2015
Patrick Dorsey

Great tension for a 15 year old wine from California. Couldn't have asked for better food to pair with than that at Odys & Penelope!

Great tension for a 15 year old wine from California. Couldn't have asked for better food to pair with than that at Odys & Penelope!

May 8th, 2015
Bryant Bickel

This is my jams! Love Kalin! Beeswax honey, vanilla, toast, lemon, honeydew melon. Crisp and yes!

This is my jams! Love Kalin! Beeswax honey, vanilla, toast, lemon, honeydew melon. Crisp and yes!

Dec 14th, 2014
Ray Isle

Executive Wine Editor Food & Wine Magazine

9.2

When the Kalin wines are good, they're really good. This one was.

When the Kalin wines are good, they're really good. This one was.

Dec 6th, 2014