Kivelstadt Cellars Wines

In 2005, the principals of TKG acquired a 10 acre organic vineyard, planted to four clones of syrah — Alban, Bien Nacido, Syrah Noir and Durell. The vineyard is located at the conjunction of the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley AVA's, in a beautiful terraced bowl.

The original plan was to continue to sell grapes to Landmark Winery, which has made its Steel Plow Syrah exclusively with grapes from the vineyard since its inception. Steel Plow garnered a 94 Wine Spectator rating for its 2006 and was ranked 19th out of the top 100 for that year.

In 2007, Jordan Kivelstadt, the principals' son, who had been studying winemaking for several years, bought a few tons of grapes from the vineyard and bottled his first vintage of Pavo Estate Syrah. It sold out and received very good reviews. In 2008, he continued with Pavo, expanding slightly.

In 2009, it was determined that to be commercially successful, it was necessary to increase production and create a variety of wines.

Portions of the Kivelstadt Vineyard have now been grafted to Pommard Pinot Noir to produce Sibling Rivalry, the estate Pinot.

A small block has been grafted to Viognier, which is co-fermented with the remaining Durell and Syrah Noir clones to make the estate Syrah, The Inheritance.

The remainder of the vineyard's Syrah is blended with Carignon, Mouvedre, and Grenache to produce our red wine blend, Father's Watch.

In addition, Kivelstadt Cellars buys old vine Carignon to produce an artisan Old Wyves Tale; 100% Carignon.

The Family Secret, our old world style Sauvignon Blanc, is made from a neighbor's 30 year old, low-yielding vines. It is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak.

Twice Removed is made from whole cluster mouvedre and then fermented and aged in neutral oak. Its pale apricot hue is evidence of its Proven├žale heritage.

One of our unique blends, Mother of Invention is a Viognier and Roussanne Blend. This wine is subtle and complex at the same time.

As a result, Kivelstadt Cellars was born.

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