I love drinking Matthiasson Wine, but due to the price (their Napa reds are often upwards of $60 a bottle), I generally only enjoy the wines on a special occasion. Given Steve Matthiasson’s recent project called Tendu, this has all changed. Tendu is Matthiasson’s version of an everyday table wine. Made with grapes from less expensive growing regions in California, the wines are both delicious and affordable.
Tendu Red is a blend of Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera. The wine is aged in stainless steel, fermented with native yeasts, and is bottled unfiltered. The nose offers aromas of bright red fruit and a bit of earthiness. The palate is filled with vibrant cranberries, cherries, and raspberries. There are also herbal undertones along with healthy acidity that balance the fruitiness of the wine. So juicy and delicious, you will have a hard time putting down your glass. Brilliantly bottled in a 1 liter size, this wine is perfect wine for a family style Italian meal or burgers! (12.5% alcohol, $19.99, serve slightly chilled)