93 points Wine Enthusiast
"This dramatic, medium-bodied wine does a great job of emulating its French Rhône forbearers as it offers fruity spicy earthy complexity on a big structure, complemented by a full mouthfeel and firm tannins. While tempting to drink now, it will improve through at least 2025. Blended from Carignane, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre." *Cellar Selection*
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Father’s Watch is Kivelstadt’s southern Rhone-style blend. Produced from two amazing vineyards, this rustic and elegant red wine is proof that California can produce serious wine at a reasonable cost. 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 thing for a relaxing summer afternoon. Tasting Notes: This red blend has richness on the attack, yet finishes brightly thanks to the acid profile of the Grenache and Carignane. There is a fantastic balance of fruit and earth, which is characteristic of southern Rhone 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.