Matthiasson 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine

If you pay attention to the new(ish) wave of California winemakers who are making honest, unmanipulated wines, then you have probably heard of Matthiasson.  The small, family-run winery has been highlighted numerous times over past the few years and their wines seem to be showing up on tons of highly esteemed lists (their 2010 Red Hen Napa Valley Merlot made the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2013).  That being said, I had to uncork a bottle of their 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine to taste for myself what Matthiasson is producing.

Matthiasson 2009 Napa Valley Red
Matthiasson 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine

Technical Stuff

A Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.  Aged in 50% new French oak and 50% neutral barrels.  Unfined and unfiltered with 13.9% alcohol.  Retails for around $75/bottle.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, and green herbs.  The lush palate showcases notes of cherries and dark cocoa with hints of earth, black tea, and cedar.  Even with the rich flavors, the wine is still bright and balanced.  A fantastic blend that is well worth the splurge!

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  1. The only expensive wines that i have taste in my life are only in my professional period and i think i had not ever so much money to spent for a such expensive for me wine and with so many varieties in it. Always in my opinion a wine doesn’t need so many grape varieties in it. This is a trick for impression and nothing more. If we don’t have what to do with some different wine grapes we make a such wine

  2. Hi Bella, thanks so much for the post. You described the wine perfectly.

    Dimitrios, I understand your sentiment about blends, and we make many single vineyard/single varietal wines, but this particular wine is informed by the tradition of winemaking in Bordeaux, and these five varieties have been blended together for hundreds of years. We also share your concern about expense, and for that reason we have a range of prices from $21 (for a full liter) to $80–it’s important to us that all sorts of people can drink our wine.


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