Kivelstadt "Twice Removed" Rosé 2019
Carignane-Grenache Blend｜Mendocino County
The Venturi Vineyard is found north of the town of Ukiah, in Mendocino County. Planted some 70 years ago by the Venturi family, Larry Venturi is the third generation to steward very old, head-trained, organic, dry farmed vines in this unique site. The soil is rocky and well-drained; vines love terroir like this.
The fist-sized river stones reflect the heat at night, reminiscent of the soils of the Rhône valley or Provence. No wonder, then, that southern-French varieties thrive here.
This light, fragrant rosé channels its Provençal roots through California terroir: approximately 50-50% Carignane and Grenache Noir, they harvest the grapes by hand and stomp them by foot, soaking them on their skins for one short night before gently pressing into stainless steel.
Rosewater, melon rind, raspberries, fresh cream, and savory herbs leap out of the glass. At a modest 12% this is a true "porch pounder" that deserves some sunshine and good company.
Many rosés are made as a kind of afterthought; when making red wine, one can bleed off the pink or semi-red juice to concentrate the eventual red, leaving some rosé juice with nowhere to go. Not so here – from the very moment it's harvested Jordan Kivelstadt aims to produce a delicate Provençal-influenced, easy-drinking delicious rosé.