Kivelstadt Cellars

2017 Sibling Rivalry – Estate Pinot Noir

Estate Pinot Noir

About this wine

The Kivelstadt estate vineyard Pinot Noir is a cornerstone of the Kivelstadt Cellar’s portfolio. This old world style Pinot Noir is restrained and elegant. It is a serious wine from a serious piece of land, which shows beautifully on day one and has the structure to get better and better. Vintage: The 2016 vintage was marked by extreme rainfall early in the season. This was fantastic environmentally because it relieved some of the long-lasting draught issues plaguing California. Cool weathered marked a gradual and long ripening period. Vinification: This wines was fermented in an open top fermenter and 35 percent of the grapes were put in whole cluster. The tank temperature was raised to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the fermentation moved forward without the addition of yeast. The free run juice went straight to barrel in which natural malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was aged in 20 percent new French oak and 80 percent neutral French oak for 10 months prior to bottling. Tasting Notes: The wine is a brilliant ruby red. It has aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, Asian spices and dried flowers. It offers a vibrant palate with red and dark berry flavors, with hints of tomato vine and dried spice. The wines acid pulls through to the finish with notes of vanilla bean, dried flowers and anise.

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Meet the Winemaker

Sam Baron


Kivelstadt Cellars

Sam joined the Kivelstadt Cellars team in 2017. He met Jordan and they instantly bonded over shared winemaking and winegrowing philosophies. As Winemaker, Sam divides his time between managing wholesale sales, vineyard sourcing, production and almost everything in between. Sam's passion for restrained and elegant wines, organic and sustainable farming, and his thirst for exploring unique California vineyards makes him right at home in the Kivelstadt family.