2018 Old Wyve’s Tale – Old Vine Carignane
About this wine
The Old Wyve’s Tale is an expression of California winemaking and terroir with a subtle nod to Carignane’s origins in the south of France. Produced from two of California’s oldest vineyards this rustic and elegant red wine is both an expression of what California once was and will be again. With 10 months in barrel the wine balances beautifully between its primary aromas and softened tannins. It will make the staunchest Francophile smile and is the perfect thing for a relaxing summer afternoon. Vintage: 2017 was a tumultuous growing season to say the least. It was the first season in many years that had significant rainfall in the winter and spring. This provided a much needed respite from the years of drought that had plagued California. A very hot August kicked harvest off quickly, but September was relatively mild and cool. There was a devastating fire late in the season, which tore through vineyards and more importantly impacted the lives of many Californians. Vinification: Grapes from the two vineyards were fermented separately and blended prior to elevage. Both lots were fermented with ambient yeast in order to preserve the typicity of their distinct vineyards. Forty percent of the clusters were left whole while 60 percent were destemmed over the top. The fermentations were punched down only once a day in order to wet the cap. The idea is to gently extract flavor and tannin, while coaxing along a passive carbonic fermentation. This brings a combination of subtle and lifted flavor and aroma with a masculine backbone brought on by the whole cluster. Ten months of aging in neutral French oak helps to bring the two sides of this wine into harmony. Tasting Notes: This Carignane has richness on the attack, yet finishes brightly thanks to the acid profile of the old-vine Carignane. There is a fantastic balance of fruit and earth, which is characteristic of Carignane. The addition of California terroir makes this wine’s fruit enliven the entire drinking experience. There is a distinct minerality on the nose, with hints of dried herbs, raspberry and dried herbs.
Meet the Winemaker
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.EXPLORE THIS WINERY