Matthiasson Chardonnay Michael Mara Vineyard 2015
100% Chardonnay. Steve Matthiasson turned winemaking in Napa on its head when he started his winery in 2006. He applies balance, respect, and restraint to the vineyard and the wine. The Michael Mara Vineyard, planted by Steve Matthiasson, his wife, and the Idell family, is west of the town of Sonoma, at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range. The soil is the result of a cataclysmic landslide that cascaded rocks and volcanic soil down onto one spot of the valley below, which is completely different from the loam soil that surrounds this vineyard. A wine borne from blood, sweat, and tears this Chardonnay has plenty of weight, length, and richness. It is not showy, however — its incredible opulence is natural, not created in the cellar. Taste the wonder that is a Matthiasson wine.