2012 Steven Kent Winery Lola, Livermore Valley

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VERDICT: "Smashing stuff"
Livermore Valley
Lola, 13.7% alc.
StevenKentPortfolio.com Review by Clinton Stark
Steven Kent Winery - Lola
Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy, But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine.

A bit of a husky. So, a white wine walks into a room; walked like a woman and talked like a man. But, you know what? It’s all good. This blend from Livermore adds a welcome, decidedly non-flowery spin on the traditional Sauvignon Blanc. You can thank the Sémillon (35%) for that.

Borrowing from the past it seems, the fruits are stoned and Kinkish.

Crisp, light and refreshing, though – unlike so many road tours.

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Livermore continues to be one of California’s great unheralded stories. The history is there of course. But I wonder sometimes if the appellation could use a stronger marketing push to get the region’s efforts more notice. Pinot (try La Rochelle, esp. Santa Lucia Highlands), Petit Sirah are among my favorites produced in the area, which is only a 45 minute drive north of Silicon Valley.

SKW Winery Livermore Lola Label

Next time you’re confronted by the wall–the wine wall–and are in the mood for something off the beaten bath (i.e. something not owned by Constellation) consider seeking out a bottle from Steven Kent Winery (SKW). I wouldn’t be surprised if if you can’t find this Lola. Only 300 cases were produced. Don’t fret. SKW also produces a killer Cab.

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300 cases, 13.7%

65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon

Unoaked – fermented in stainless tanks


Verdict: Here’s the perfect excuse to take a break from the cherry cola.

Clinton shoots videos for Stark Insider. San Francisco Bay Area arts, Ingmar Bergman and French New Wave, and chasing the perfect home espresso shot 25 seconds at a time (and failing). Peloton: ClintTheMint. Camera: Video Gear