Like many happy, inspiring wine stories begin, Kivelstadt Cellars came to be due to an early life career change. After fleeing the humdrum world of consulting within the confining walls of a cubicle, Jordan Kivelstadt decided to pursue his real passion: winemaking. In 2007, after stints at wineries in California, Australia, Chile and Argentina, Jordan returned to California, founded what would later be called ‘Kivelstadt Cellars’ in Glen Ellen and produced his first batch of 125 cases of Estate Syrah. Drawing inspiration from both his experiences crafting wine throughout the new world along with his family's love for all things European (and old world) including art, cuisine and wine, Kivelstadt Cellars focuses on "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." Winemaker, Sam Baron joined the team in 2017 and fit right in with Jordan's philosophy, bringing with him a passion for organically farmed heritage vineyards and a desire to produce restrained, elegant wines by way of minimal intervention in the cellar. As a fairly small scale producer of only 5,000 cases a year, Kivelstadt Cellars strives to challenge the concept of the 'California Style' and has even added a side project to their portfolio called ‘KC Labs’, a more playful line with which they experiment with grapes, styles, fermentation, aging and much more.
Styled after its Provençale cousins from southern France, this tasty rosé is a blend of 60% Carignane and 40% Grenache. The grapes were harvested early then lightly foot stomped and allowed to cold soak overnight to extract color and texture before the juice was pressed off and fermented in stainless steel. Fresh and vibrant, aromas of wild raspberry, strawberry and cherry blossom are met with more savory herbal notes as in marjoram and oregano. The light to medium-bodied palate, which is lush and ever so slightly creamy, showcases flavors of ranier cherry, cranberry and a hint of blanched almond. A juicy acidity emerges on the mid-palate, providing lift and introducing a crisp, ruby red grapefruit-tinged finish. Easily enjoyable on its own, this would also be quite tasty alongside an autumnal salad with fruit, nuts and cheese!