Steve Matthiasson is what I call the anti-Napa, Napa winemaker. More farmer than winemaker, Matthiasson looks beyond cabernet and chardonnay, also growing ribolla giala, refresco, scioppettino, and tocai fruliano. He is always looking for what grows best on his land. His farmer’s mindset leads to wines of restraint and elegance.
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Steve Matthiasson, Matthisson Wines
2014, Matthiasson, Linda Vista Chardonny
Bright pale yellow with a touch green hue. Aromas of green apple, grapefruit, and creamy cheese rind. The tart apple flavor gives way to lime and structured minerality and bold acidity, finishing with cream fraiche and a long complex finish
2013, Matthiasson, Napa Valley White Wine
This blend is made with sauvignon blanc, ribolla gialla, and tocai friulano. It’s shy nose shows stone fruit, lime zest and sour cream. Lean flavors of pear, apricot, lime zest, pineapple, hay, and bees wax provide a complex flavor with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
2013, Matthiasson, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This medium garnet colored wine presents aromas of currant, red flowers, and a bit of green olive. The flavor of this full bodied yet elegant wine start with cranberry with layers of blackberry, ripe dark cherry. cola, cocoa, and graphite. The papery tannins, are backed with good acidity and minerality. You can drink this wine now but waiting five years or more will yield pleasing results.