Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Village No. 2 2018
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matthiasson is run by two farmers, husband, and wife Steve and Jill Matthiasson. Steve is the viticulturist and winemaker and Jill runs the business side of the operations while also farming a number of fruit trees which she sells at select farmers’ markets in Napa. Both Steve and Jill have long been interested in farming – Steve was drawn to gardening while in college and Jill studied botany and later worked for a family farming non-profit. Both met while in Davis while Steve was studying agriculture at UC Davis. Matthiasson’s varietal choices and wine-making philosophy are uniquely refreshing in Napa’s current more linear dominated wine-making focused environment. These two grow and produce wines from unique Napa Valley varieties while the finished wine is balanced and food-friendly – well layered and complex but not to the point of losing these more subtle nuances in favor of ripeness and higher alcohol. This Cabernet is refreshing, flavorful, not too heavy, and not too light. It is an honest glass of Napa Cab that shows red and black fruit with mineral and herbal characteristics.