VINTAGE - 2009
APPELLATION - SONOMA VALLEY, SONOMA COUNTY, NORTH COAST, CALIFORNIA.
The Kivelstadt Vineyard has been farmed organically since it’s planting in 1999. The nine acres has been cropped to an average of only about 2 tons per acre and produces a wine whose signature is a unique reflection of this favorable, cool climate site.
There are four clonal selections in this ten acre site that sits on eastern side of Sonoma Mountain: Syrah Noir, Alban, Durrell and Bien Nacido. The soil is like a marble cake of red volcanic soil and decomposed volcanic ash. The grapes are hand harvested and primarily destemmed with a small amount of whole clusters going into 1 to 3 ton open –topped fermentors. The must was cold soaked for 5 days. A combination of punch downs and pump overs are utilized. The wine is pressed at dryness and put to barrel for 15 months.
Lavender and ripe stone fruits jump out of the glass. This is followed by notes of cocoa, brambly fruit, dark chocolate and roasted meats. A smooth entry leads into depth and concentration on the mid-palette. Fine tannins pull it all together with a lush lingering finish.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION - 100% SYRAH.
Barrel Regime Aged 15 months in French oak
Bottling Date February 2011
Release Date Spring 2011