Kivelstadt Cellars

2019 Family Secret – Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

About this wine

The Family Secret is an example of what great winemakers can do with Sauvignon Blanc when they think outside the box. These 40 year old vines planted in the Indian Springs Vineyard in Kenwood are exceptional. With a combination of neutral oak and stainless steal fermentation and aging this wine has all of the great aspects of both old and new world Sauvignon Blanc. Vintage: 2019 was an excellent vintage, particularly for those of us who love restrained wines. Cool and constant temperatures made for slow and steady ripening. This is a vintage which harkens back to the fantastic California vintages of the 80’s and early 90’s. Vinification: Half of the juice is fermented in neutral French oak barrels with native yeasts, while the other half is fermented with specific yeast (selected by Jordan Kivelstadt) in stainless steal. Malolactic Fermentation is allowed to proceed in all of the wine in barrel, after which it spends 6 months sur lie. MLF is blocked in the stainless steal portion of the wine. With the final composite blend of the two, we achieve a wine that draws the best of both worlds. Tasting Notes: This wine is a composite of two styles of Sauvignon Blanc. The 50% in barrels bring texture and depth, which is balanced by a racy zing from the stainless tank.

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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.