Matthiasson Napa White 2019
50 % Sauvignon Blanc, 25 % Ribolla Gialla, 20 % Semillon, 5 % Tocai Friulano. 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. The 2019 Napa White is their conception of a mythical “ideal” wine…a California wine with a spiritual connection to the Old World whites. 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 (the wine does not go through malo) and fruit expression is balanced by a rich lees character and a faint backdrop of creamy oak (only 15% new oak barrels). There is interplay in the wine between lightness and richness, and focus and complexity. Taste the wonder that is a Matthiasson wine.