Matthiasson 2018 Napa Valley White Wine
This Willamette Valley east-grown Grüner Veltliner has mouth watering notes of citrus, green apple, and mineral.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Napa Valley
VINEYARDS: Ryans Vineyard, Bengier (formerly Vare) Vineyard
GRAPES: 49% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Ribolla Gialla, 23% Semillon, 5% Tocai Friuliano
SOIL: Gravelly, river rock
VINIFICATION: The fruit was very lightly whole-cluster-pressed. All four varieties were blended immediately upon dryness, racked and returned onto the lees for aging until bottling. We used 15% new Boutes barrels, with no stirring. To preserve all of the acidity the wine was prevented from going through malolactic fermentation. After ten months of barrel aging, the wine was filtered to prevent malolactic fermentation in bottle, and then bottled. Intended to age, the White Wine is held in bottle for at least a year before release, but will reward much longer aging.
COLOR: Medium yellow
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
TASTE: Dry, fresh
PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh citrus, sea shell minerality, nuttiness, spices, creamy oak
FLAVOR: White peach, kaffir lime, lychee nut, beeswax, ripe fig, and pineapple, with prominent wet stones, flint, oyster shells, and freshly baled straw
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Serve cold between 45-55ºF, and pair with herb-driven sauces, salty cheese, light meats, or a wide array of Asian dishes.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“Winemaking, for us, is a natural extension of farming. We have both worked for many years in the sustainable agriculture and local food movement, and in 2003 we started Matthiasson Wines based on those values. Our wines are classical expressions of different grape varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay and Cabernet sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla gialla and Refosco. The wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol.” (matthiasson.com)
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
From two vineyards which are both in the cool and foggy southern part of the Napa Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon come from Ryans Vineyard, which sits on a streak of alluvial gravel in the center of the valley floor, south part of Napa. It is right in the path of the daily wind current that pulls up through the valley from the San Francisco Bay towards Calistoga. Native grasses are planted under the vines to compete for moisture and nutrients and encourage the roots to forage down deep in the gravelly soil. The Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Friulano are from the tiny Bengier Vineyard (formerly Vare), in the mouth of Napa’s Dry Creek canyon, right next to the creek. The rocky fluvial soil and cool air drainage of the canyon work perfectly with the variety.