After leaving a career in consulting in his early twenties, Founder and Winemaker Jordan Kivelstadt traveled the world making wine in California, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. In 2007, Jordan made 125 cases of Estate Syrah. He drew inspiration both from his winemaking experiences in the new world and his family’s passion for European cuisine, art, and wine culture. Jordan has focused on exploring the product of incredible California vineyards, with a nod toward the rich history and balance of the old world wines. Production has grown to 3,500 cases annually and the Kivelstadt Cellars wines are featured on wine lists at some of the best restaurants in the country.
The Kivelstadt estate vineyard is incredibly unique, planted to a mixture of varieties including Syrah, Viognier, and even Pinot Noir! Not your common Sonoma Valley cepage, to be sure. But Jordan is equally excited about the plethora of old vines planted all across Mendocino County as well, many of which are more than 100 years old. No matter where the grapes are picked, the winery style remains focused on drinkability first and foremost, though that’s not to say they won’t age as well.
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