Steven Kent Mirassou and Beth Murray of The Steven Kent Winery talk about the new release of The Premier, Steven Kent’s best Cabernet.
This vintage, due to the smoke-taint that affected nearly all of the 2020 Livermore harvest, The Premier was made from Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bates Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Coincidentally, we decided to venture out to SCM and Napa to great vineyards that had an amazing story to tell.
Prudy Foxx — our friend and the immensely talented viticultural consultant who calls the SCM her home — turned us on to this site for Cab Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and her instincts were exactly right!
This wine is a blend of 95% Bates Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from all three of the blocks on the site and 5% Cab from a vineyard in Rutherford.
As I write this, sipping the wine, I am mesmerized by the amazing interplay of acid, fruit, and tannin. So young now, this wine will age gorgeously for decades.