Lineage

Livermore Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.429 ratings
9.313 pro ratings
Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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Shawn R

@David L

2 people found it helpfulApr 10th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Fruit profile is somewhere between 12 & 13 with a lean towards 12. Drink amazingly easy for a 14. Medium body & the structure is leaner. The florals are incredible in the 14. Everything is so soft, ripe and rich. Drink now and cellar 10 years.

Fruit profile is somewhere between 12 & 13 with a lean towards 12. Drink amazingly easy for a 14. Medium body & the structure is leaner. The florals are incredible in the 14. Everything is so soft, ripe and rich. Drink now and cellar 10 years.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Big tannin vintage with dark fruits. A lot more backbone in the 13. This is one you want to cellar another 8-10 years. More complexity in this 13.

Big tannin vintage with dark fruits. A lot more backbone in the 13. This is one you want to cellar another 8-10 years. More complexity in this 13.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Fresher and riper than the 2011. More balanced, fruit quality is better and brighter. Drinks very well at this stage. Lots of mid red fruits that lean into darker. Nice minerality, red fresh florals and balanced fruit and earthiness finish.

Fresher and riper than the 2011. More balanced, fruit quality is better and brighter. Drinks very well at this stage. Lots of mid red fruits that lean into darker. Nice minerality, red fresh florals and balanced fruit and earthiness finish.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Lots of cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, notes of blue fruits, plum, violets, dark florals, crushed rocks, loamy soil, crisp volcanic minerals. Nice acidity and round, ripe balanced finish.

Lots of cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, notes of blue fruits, plum, violets, dark florals, crushed rocks, loamy soil, crisp volcanic minerals. Nice acidity and round, ripe balanced finish.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2018
Justin Brilman

This wine shocked me coming from Livermore and held its own against some pretty big Napa wines.

This wine shocked me coming from Livermore and held its own against some pretty big Napa wines.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2016
Shawn R

If you have any of this under the radar wine it has an easy 5-8 years left. Such a wonderful nose and finish. En a mag.

If you have any of this under the radar wine it has an easy 5-8 years left. Such a wonderful nose and finish. En a mag.

Apr 15th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Tasted side by side with the 2013 Lineage. Tough battle but bottle age has definitely helped this bottling. Mix of deep garnet and ruby red. Straight from opening there were lots of savory elements mixed in with red and black berries. Some floral notes too like roses. As it opened up over the two hour period there was petroleum, dark cocoa and cinnamon. Over the evening, additional notes of dark ripe fruits and even more spices, even slightly savory ones. So balanced for how young this is. Started out with heavy tannins (8/10) but mellowed and rounded out to a solid moderate tannins (6.5/10) over the two and a half hour decant. Rounded medium plus body that will develop further with time. Started off with some darker cherries and light greenery with a bit of leather. Even a bit of spices. Great acidity giving this strong backbone and a semi-dry long finish. This will be singing given another five years and drink will over the next twelve. Tons of potential and very surprised by this caliber of wine coming out of Livermore Valley. Great job Steven!

Tasted side by side with the 2013 Lineage. Tough battle but bottle age has definitely helped this bottling. Mix of deep garnet and ruby red. Straight from opening there were lots of savory elements mixed in with red and black berries. Some floral notes too like roses. As it opened up over the two hour period there was petroleum, dark cocoa and cinnamon. Over the evening, additional notes of dark ripe fruits and even more spices, even slightly savory ones. So balanced for how young this is. Started out with heavy tannins (8/10) but mellowed and rounded out to a solid moderate tannins (6.5/10) over the two and a half hour decant. Rounded medium plus body that will develop further with time. Started off with some darker cherries and light greenery with a bit of leather. Even a bit of spices. Great acidity giving this strong backbone and a semi-dry long finish. This will be singing given another five years and drink will over the next twelve. Tons of potential and very surprised by this caliber of wine coming out of Livermore Valley. Great job Steven!

Dec 10th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Tasted side by side with the 2012 Lineage. Deep ruby and garnet red that completely coats your teeth. Straight from opening there were notes of iron, purple floral notes and red cherries. As it opened up over the two hour period there was dark berries, especially blackberries. Started out with heavy tannins (8.5/10) but mellowed out to a moderate tannins (6.5/10) over the two plus hour decant. Still a little bit of heat on the palate that dissipated with time, this wine needs some more bottle age. Full bodied with a long semi dry cherry filled finish. Started off with red cherries and minerality on the palate as well as some spices, savory herbs and raspberries. Over time notes of cassis, of the front end with a ton of red cherries in the mid-palate. Very interesting note of bark and broken twigs just before the finish. Great backbone from the balanced acidity. Give this a little more time in the cellar, the long you wait the more complex this will become, but if you cannot wait give it a nice long decant. Just like the 2012 this has a ton of potential. Another fantastic wine Steven! (92+)

Tasted side by side with the 2012 Lineage. Deep ruby and garnet red that completely coats your teeth. Straight from opening there were notes of iron, purple floral notes and red cherries. As it opened up over the two hour period there was dark berries, especially blackberries. Started out with heavy tannins (8.5/10) but mellowed out to a moderate tannins (6.5/10) over the two plus hour decant. Still a little bit of heat on the palate that dissipated with time, this wine needs some more bottle age. Full bodied with a long semi dry cherry filled finish. Started off with red cherries and minerality on the palate as well as some spices, savory herbs and raspberries. Over time notes of cassis, of the front end with a ton of red cherries in the mid-palate. Very interesting note of bark and broken twigs just before the finish. Great backbone from the balanced acidity. Give this a little more time in the cellar, the long you wait the more complex this will become, but if you cannot wait give it a nice long decant. Just like the 2012 this has a ton of potential. Another fantastic wine Steven! (92+)

Dec 10th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Another coravin sample to check in quickly. Dark and deep ruby red. Coats your teeth. Very tight on the nose, this will need at least a couple hours to open up. Just a few notes of iron, flowers and cherries. Heavy tannins (8.5/10) and full bodied. Tons of potential, would like to taste this over half a day and see where it goes. Red cherries and minerality on the palate. A little bit of spices, herbs, savory and black cherries or raspberries. Keeps gaining complexity with air. Very long and dry finish. Easily drink for two decades. 93+

Even from this short taste, highly recommend both of these Lineage vintages.

Another coravin sample to check in quickly. Dark and deep ruby red. Coats your teeth. Very tight on the nose, this will need at least a couple hours to open up. Just a few notes of iron, flowers and cherries. Heavy tannins (8.5/10) and full bodied. Tons of potential, would like to taste this over half a day and see where it goes. Red cherries and minerality on the palate. A little bit of spices, herbs, savory and black cherries or raspberries. Keeps gaining complexity with air. Very long and dry finish. Easily drink for two decades. 93+

Even from this short taste, highly recommend both of these Lineage vintages.

Dec 1st, 2016