Years ago Kivelstadt Cellars was only an idea, the idea that people deserve to drink wines with soul. These wines would come from vineyards with heritage, farmed with the utmost respect for nature, and fermented with low intervention. A combination of these ideals has evolved into a lifestyle. A lifestyle which vintage after vintage results in delicious wine’s which pay homage to California’s terroir.
KC Labs is the newest addition to our portfolio. When we have an opportunity that we can’t pass up we always take it. Sometimes that opportunity will only be a single vintage wine, sometimes more. KC Labs is our playground. We experiment with grapes, styles, fermentation, aging and much more. Thinking outside the box makes us better producers. The consumer is the lucky beneficiary of our experimentation. We always guarantee that the KC Labs wines will receive the same amount of love as our other projects and luckily for you the price will be a little lower!
Pinot Blanc (100%)
Yount Mill Vineyard. Yountville AVA
The Yount Mill Vineyard was one of the first certified organic vineyards in Napa Valley. Even in the post war era of chemical adoration they never stopped farming organically. Located near the Napa River, the vines are tended with minimal intervention and due to open trellising are allowed to grow a little wild, which we love.
Being KC Labs our winemaker had a lot of fun with this one! It was foot tread and left on the skins for 36 hours prior to pressing. Next it was pressed and racked to neutral French oak for fermentation. Sam took a note from the Pinot Blanc’s that he loves from Alsace. Pick the wine with a high level of acidity and let it finish where it will. The wine stopped fermenting on it’s own with around 2.5g/L of sugar remaining. For those who aren’t familiar with sugar numbers this is extremely close to bone dry, but still gives a little weight on the pallet. The wine was allowed to complete ML and bottled with gentle filtration.