Matthiasson Napa Valley 2009
The 2009 Red Wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Malbec, and Petit verdot. This is a riper vintage, reflecting the warm growing conditions and tiny crop that Mother Nature provided. There is plenty of freshness, but the ripe bing cherry and rich chocolaty tannins really characterize this vintage. The aroma includes red and black cherries, dark chocolate, ripe blackberries, and notes of black tea and bay leaf. The flavor on the palate reminds us of chocolate covered cherries, very juicy, and the finish continues with chocolate, dark fruit, and black tea. There is a fair amount of tannic grip, with a high volume of fine-grained tannins.
MATTHIASSON is a family endeavor, the effort of Steve Matthiasson, Jill Klein, and our two sons. For our wine, we have selected a small number of exceptional vineyard sites to make unique wine of the highest quality, with production that is simple but careful. This concept is central to the tradition of viticulture and winemaking. Respect for this tradition forms the core of our work. To that end, our hands literally touch every vine and every bottle.