WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    32% Carignane, 27% Grenache, 22% Syrah, and 19% Mourvedre
  • APPELLATION
    North Coast, Sonoma County
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This muscular, deeply satisfying wine owes its serious, brooding berry fruit and velvety structure to a quartet of red grapes familiar to any Rhone fan. The cépage--Carignane (32%), Grenache Noir (27%), Syrah (22%) and Mourvèdre (19%)—remains unusual in California for reasons that baffle many industry insiders, Jordan Kivelstadt included.

The terroir of Venturi Vineyard, just outside of Ukiah in Mendocino County, and Naggiar Vineyard in the remote Sierra Foothills AVA is ideally suited to Rhone varietals. Kivelstadt happily snapped up what he could from the perfectly ripened, old-vine grapes produced from these two family-operated, sustainably farmed sites and assembled a red California wine that mirrors classic southern Rhone flavors and even competes with much pricier Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Delicious with food, this Rhone Ranger is perfection alongside southern French classics like rosemary-rubbed leg of lamb and black olive tapenade.

·    The 2016 Father’s Watch is sourced from two incredible sites: 81% from certified organic Venturi Vineyard in Mendocino County and 19% from Naggiar Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.·    Before settling down in California’s wine country, Jordan Kivelstadt consulted with a number of top estates in the U.S., Australia, Chile and Argentina.

·    Luckily, parents Nancy Kivelson and Tom Angstadt owned a 10-acre estate in Sonoma County—which today provides a quarter of Kivelstadt’s source fruit. The unusual winery name is a portmanteau of his parents’ surnames.

·    Kivelstadt Cellars is known for producing a number of esoteric varietals, at least for California, including Charbono, Carignan, Marsanne and Rousanne.

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the earthier Syrah and Mourvedre in the blend.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Kivelstadt Cellars was founded for our love of amazing California vineyards. After leaving a career in consulting in his early twenties, Jordan Kivelstadt traveled the world making wine in California, Australia, Chile and Argentina.

In 2007, Jordan made 125 cases of Estate Syrah. He drew inspiration both from his winemaking experiences in the new world and his family’s passion for European cuisine, art and wine culture. Hence our focus became exploring the product of incredible California vineyards, with a nod toward the rich history and balance of the old world wines that came before us.

Since the inaugural 2007 vintage, our production has grown to 5,000 cases annually. We strive to create wines of intrigue that maintain a fun and approachable style and challenge the status quo of conventional California wines.