Wine Pick #2
Kivelstadt Cellars KC Labs Syrah 2019
Mendocino, CA, USA
Jordan Kivelstadt is the eponymous founder and driving force behind this month’s Cellar Club selection. The son of mother Nancy Kivelson and father Tom Angstadt, he began this winery in 2007 with enough family fruit to produce 125 cases of a remarkable syrah, and while production has expanded in both size and breadth, they remain small in all the best senses of the word. From the first vintage, the goal has always been to show how amazing California wine can be. Restraint, elegance, and uniqueness are the cornerstones of their wines. There’s an Old World aspect to their very New World wines. This is natural winemaking in all the best ways. Organic fruit, native yeasts, neutral oak, and little to no sulfur employed. Case in point, this syrah is fresh-fruited, spicy, and delicious without excess weight or new oak to obscure the wine’s essence. For our “Sweetest Spring,” we even suggest putting a bit of a chill on this red, especially if the day is full of sun and warmth. The grill beckons!