Matthiasson Napa White Wine 2021

$95.00 inc. GST

93/100 – James Suckling

“A blend of the aromatic grape varieties plus semillon, this light-bodied wine is surprisingly subtle in aromas, mineral-like and smoky in flavor. Tangy acidity and a very fresh sense of balance make it mouthwatering and bring us back for more and more sips. It is 46% sauvignon blanc, 29% semillon, 23% ribolla gialla and 2% tocai friuliano. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling

Tasting Note: This wine is our conception of a mythical “ideal” wine…a California wine with a spiritual connection to Friuli, Italy, but also drawing inspiration from the great whites of the Loire, Burgundy, Graves, Alsace, the Rhone, old-school Napa and Sonoma…actually the list of great whites we are inspired by goes on and on, and it is all wrapped up in this wine. This wine is an attempt at getting at the core of what white wine is all about, the archetypal “white wine,” thus the name. It’s a very intentional blend of four varieties from two vineyards. The blend is 46 % Semillon, 29 % Ribolla Gialla 23 % Sauvignon Blanc, and 2 % Tocai friulano. The Sauvignon blanc brings a clean fresh citrusy acidity and some tropical character. The Ribolla gialla brings seashell minerality, nuttiness, and structure to the blend. The Semillon contributes viscosity and waxiness that adds gravity and weight. The Tocai friulano adds spicy aromatic notes. The acidity and fruit expression are balanced by a rich lees character and a faint backdrop of creamy oak. There is interplay in the wine between lightness and richness, and focus and complexity. The 2021 White Wine has its trademark spice and mineral quality, and another perfect growing season helped the wine deliver plenty of acidity and freshness. Trademark flavors include white peach, kaffir lime, lychee nut, beeswax, ripe fig, and pineapple, with prominent wet stones, flint, oyster shells, and freshly baled straw.

Winemaking: The fruit was very lightly whole-cluster-pressed. All four varieties were blended immediately upon dryness, racked and returned onto the lees for aging until bottling. We used 15% new Boutes barrels, with no stirring. To preserve all the acidity the wine was prevented from going through malo-lactic fermentation. After ten months of barrel aging, the wine was filtered to prevent malolactic fermentation in bottle, and then bottled. Intended to age, the White Wine is held in bottle for at least a year before release, but will reward much longer aging. The first vintage, 2005, is still going strong. The pH is 3.40, TA is 6.5, and the alcohol is 12.0%. 1054 cases produced.

Alcohol: 12.0%

Variety: Sémillon blend

Region: Napa Valley, USA

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