Saturday, October 31, 2015

Magnificent blends from Longevity Wines

Longevity Wines is well known, not only for their exquisite wines but also for their hospitality. 

Walk in the door of their winery on Vasco Road and you will be greeted by Debra and Chief of Security and Vice President of Hospitality, Press-Ton, their Havanese winery dog who happily greets every visitor to Longevity. 
In July 2008 Longevity Wines (the name coming from the family name Long) opened on Rickenbacker Circle, an industrial complex just off Kitty Hawk Road.  This is an “urban” winery producing wines from grapes grown by other vineyards around Livermore.  Winemaking is a passion for winemaker Phil Long, who has a background as a creative director for the retail display company. 

When Longevity began operation they produced 500 cases the first year with plans to grow to 2500 cases within five years.  To achieve that productivity required more space so a few years later they moved to the current location along Vasco Road, in the same building as Occasio and Nottingham wineries. 

The Longevity philosophy declares it is not just about the wines, but the experience. The food you have with it, the friends you share the wine with and the location the experience takes place. Everyone who visits the tasting room is treated like family, and always brings back friends for the experience. What is immediately obvious is the passion of Phil and Debra in producing fine wines and making Longevity a success.

Blends always bring out the best in any winemaker.  Here the winemaker has the challenge of developing a wine that meets his or her expectations utilizing a complex mixture of grapes from different areas and then utilizing a variety of techniques in crushing, aging, and more to put together that perfect wine.  The actual composition of blended wines will vary from vintage to vintage depending upon the characteristics of the fruit.  Phil Long has always loved the complexity that comes with making blends and he has produced three wonderful wines named after the members of the family, Phil, Debra and, of course, Press-Ton.

His first blend was Deb-ru-vee’, Longevity’s signature Rhone Style blend.  The 2011 Deb-ru-vee’ is a blend of 40% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and 7% Petite Sirah all from Livermore Valley.  This wine is aged for 30 months in French oak barrels.  It first greets you with a nice dark ruby color and then aromas and flavors of dark fruit including black cherry, blackberry and blueberry plus a very nice floral character, minerality and a touch of minerality.  This leads on to a long smooth lingering finish.  The price is $36.

The 2009 Phil-osophy is a Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.  This huge well balanced wine has been aged in both French and American oak for 35 months.  It exhibits a complex mixture of dark fruit including black cherry, currant and jam tied together with a nice smokiness and delightful texture that leads to a long complex finish that is rich and delightful.  This is an award-winning wine with Silver from the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver from the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition and Bronze from the 2013 Orange County Fair.  The price is $42.

The 2011 Press-Ton is a nice right-bank Bordeaux blend with 46% Cabernet Franc, 39% Petit Verdot and 15% Merlot.  It is aged in French oak barrels and delivers a complex combination of dark fruits including blackberry, black cherry, black plum and current.  On top of these flavors you will enjoy the minerality, earthiness and firm tannins and structure.  This is truly a very enjoyable wine and would go great at your next barbeque.  The price is $29.

For more information:  Longevity Wines

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