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.
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.
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!