NAPA VALLEY - USA
“Matthiasson wines bear an agricultural stamp, as fresh, lively and alive as the best produce from a farmers’ market” - New York Times
Winemaker of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine Magazine
Steve and Jill Matthiasson, since the 2003 founding of their winery, have not only practiced viticulture and enology in a style that made them one of the earliest proponents of ‘new California winemaking,’ but demonstrated their understanding that the human component of winemaking extends far beyond the winemaker. Steve’s notoriety as one of the United States’ most intuitive American viticulturists and most sought-after vineyard managers speaks to his continued forward momentum of working cleanly in his vineyards and encouraging others to do the same.
2021 Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay
“Pale, lively and so different! Bone dry with great tension. A bit of skin contact? But not excessively so. Really vital and energising.” - Jancis Robinson MW
“Because of its nervy energy, I recommend a 30-minute decant before serving in large Burgundy stems. This Chardonnay carries itself with piano-wire tension and a gentle pulse of crushed white rock layered with green apples, fresh cream, melon skin, white flowers, honeysuckle, and lees. It's medium-bodied with just the slightest kiss of integrated oak spice and ripeness that hints at its Napa Valley origin. Still, this is a world away from the lush, buttery Chardonnays that saturate the market - it’s clean, precisely textured, and tantalisingly fresh. It's fantastic.” - Ian Cauble MS, Some Select