Father's Watch Red Rhone Blend

Father's Watch Red Rhone Blend

Father's Watch Red Rhone Blend

"My father's watch keeps perfect time, ever since his father bought it in 1946. Great watches are a blend of precision, craft, and creativity. This red Rhône-style blend is like that, a perfect mélange of art and science." -Jordan Kivelstadt, Wayward Son

The grapes are grown in a single amazing vineyard, Venturi Vineyard in Mendocino County. This rustic and elegant red wine is proof that California can produce serious wine at a reasonable cost.
Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 80 year-old vineyard Carignane is still amazingly healthy and productive. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. The vineyard is farmed Certified Organic.

Varietals: 36% Syrah, 34% Grenache Noir, & 30% Carignane

Father’s Watch is Kivelstadt’s southern Rhône-style blend. With 14 months in barrel, the wine balances beautifully between its primary aromas and softened tannins. It will make the staunchest Francophile smile and is the perfect wine for a relaxing summer afternoon. The 2019 year was an excellent vintage, particularly for those of us who love restrained wines. Cool and constant temperatures made for slow and steady ripening. This is a vintage which harkens back to the fantastic California vintages of the 80’s and early 90’s.

Grapes were fermented separately and blended prior to elevage. All lots were fermented with ambient yeast in order to preserve the typicity of their distinct vineyards. Thirty percent of the clusters were left whole, while 70 percent were destemmed over the top. The fermentations were pumped over minimally in order to wet the cap. The idea is to gently extract flavor and tannin. This brings a combination of high-toned flavor and aroma with a masculine backbone brought on by the whole cluster. 22 months of aging in neutral French oak helps to bring the multiple sides of this blend into harmony.

There is a fantastic balance of fruit and earth, which is characteristic of southern Rhône blends, but due to its California roots this wine’s fruit enlivens the entire drinking experience. There is distinct high-toned red fruit on the nose, with of dried herbs and spices rounding out the palate and finish.

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