2010 Kivelstadt, Syrah, The Inheritance, Kivelstadt Vineyard, Sonoma Valley.
Jordan Kivelstadt has made wine all over the world, including Margret River Australia and Mendoza Argentina as well as being a big part of Kenneth Juhasz (Donum Estate and Auteur) winemaking team, and has started his own family label Kivelstadt Cellars in recent vintages. The 2010 Syrah is 100% organically grown estate Syrah with about 30% whole cluster, fermented with all native yeast and aged 18 months in all French oak of which 30% was new, it is nice and stemmy with loads of spice, black olive notes and is northern Rhone in style, similar to St. Joseph with pretty details, meaty character and violet floral highlights. 2010 was a year that was tight and shy to begin with, but as of now things are more flamboyant and very charming with this Kivelstadt really showing great with blackberry, blueberry compote, currant/cassis, bacon, fennel/anise, smoky camphor, olive tapenade, cracked peppercorn and kirsch. Everything is folding together nicely and the grippy tannins are getting smoother with each taste, drink from 2014 to 2020.
($40 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($36.95)