A New Leaf in Livermore

At Steven Kent Winery, Steven Mirassou Jr. helps lift an undersung region to new heights
Nov 15, 2014

By 2007, Steven Kent Mirassou Jr. was charting a course toward making the finest expression of Bordeaux-style wine possible in California's oft-overlooked Livermore Valley. With that vintage, he launched a Cabernet-dominated blend called Lineage. Wine Spectator's lead California taster, James Laube, lauded it as "one of the best wines ever from Livermore Valley," at 91 points. As Mirassou has fine-tuned his blend, it's only gotten better. But the Mirassou story begins 160 years earlier. Ben O'Donnell reports.

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