our approach


who we are

"While the latest vintages (2014-2017) have been considered by many in Napa and Sonoma as epic in terms of overall quality, I wouldn't disagree, but I think we've also been lucky.  That said, working with well-known, longstanding growers and a talented winemaking team, we're confident, year over year, that we can produce the very best wines possible, and that's incredibly rewarding. 

​Our approach is simple - let the varietal speak for itself where we can as much as possible.  For our 2015 Syndicate Sangiovese, for example, the fruit was so stunning that creating a Super Tuscan would have been a total mistake, and we agreed to let the wine do it's thing.  We bottled 98% Sangiovese with 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot.  The result is fruity, lush, and a gorgeous representation of California Sangiovese unlike anything we've ever tasted.

​While not every year, nor every wine will be the same, we look forward to continuing the journey, and welcome you to join us!"

- Kent

exceptional fruit enables us to let the true characteristics of the varietal come through in the finished wine

Kent & Stephanie Shanklin founded RIVALITA Wines in order to create an exclusive, private selection of small production wines made with grapes sourced from storied vineyard properties in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Working with winemaker, Eric Hansen, RIVALITA has achieved their vision.