*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Matthiasson Family Vineyards
First off, I must tell you, that as I drank this wine, all I could think was that this was easily one of the best white wines I’ve had in recent memory. It kicked all sorts of ass and I loved it. The wine is the 2007 Matthiasson Napa Valley White Wine. It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, and Semillon. The wine has a real cork closure, clocks in at 13.3% alcohol by volume, and retails for $35. Matthiasson is a small family winery California, with a very small production of just over 500 cases of wine. The Napa Valley White had a production of 220 cases. I intend to visit with the Matthiassons on my next CA trip, so I will have a full report on their operations then. For now, a review of their most excellent white wine.
I will admit that I didn’t look at the blend for the wine before I started smelling it. Right away I said to Matt, this smells like lightly oaked Sauvignon Blanc. So then I had to run and look it up, and I was right, it is oaked and Sauvignon Blanc is one of the grapes in the blend! On the nose I found lemon, cream, vanilla, apple, pineapple, ginger, and figs. A delicious nose, it left me eager to taste the wine in my glass. In the mouth I got flavors of pineapple, lemon, racy citrus, pear, meyer lemon, fig, spice, and melon.
At this points, my notes turned into “this is really good.” And “just delicious” as well as “YUMMY.” In the mouth, I didn’t get even a hint of the oak I smelled on the nose. The wine had a great mouthfeel, probably nicely rounded by the addition of the Semillon. I found the wine to be crisp and intriguing in the mouth. I highly recommend this wine.