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Matthiasson Napa Valley White Wine
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Matthiasson Napa Valley White Wine 2017

Napa Valley, California, United StatesThis Napa white blend was inspired by the wines of numerous European regions: Friuli, Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Graves.... It makes more sense when you see the blend of 50 percent sauvignon blanc, 25 percent ribolla gialla, 20 percent semillon, and 5 percent tocai friulano, from two vineyards in the southern, fog-cooled part of the valley. After whole cluster pressing, all four varieties were blended and rested on lees for 10 months in Boutes barrels (20% new), with no stirring and no MLF. The White is held in bottle for at least a year before release. Pine nuts and almonds lead the medium bodied palate, one lined with a honeyed waxiness. White peach, honeysuckle, bitter melon, and river stone fill in the gaps, finishing with a light trickle of ginger spice. Lots to unpack here, and fun to keep returning to the bottle over an evening. Drinking well now, but this will continue to grow in the bottle with cellaring.Tasted: 06 December 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 80.00 private wine shops Producer: Matthiasson Family VineyardsDistributors: Sur Lie
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc - Ribolla Gialla - Semillon - Tocai Friulano,CSPC: 10880