Oooh Nebbiolo is a sexy wine for a chilly rainy noir winter’s night. Smells like a library someone burnt incense in a couple of nights ago. It’s aggressive in the mouth. Those tannins are fighting but underneath them are the flower petals and between bramble and bite and delicate manners it’s a fun wine for an excellent price. — 4 months ago
This 14 year old Rioja is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Dry and smooth on the palate with medium acidity.
Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, tobacco, cola, graphite and vegetables.
Long finish with round tannins.
Very powerful with an elegant mouthfeel. This 2005 was a great vintage in Rioja and it has many years in it still.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo.
13% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 months ago
This is one of the more usual and pleasant creations I’ve had in Napa.
Dark amber in color. Dried stone fruit; apricot, nectarine & peach. Marmalade, dry pineapple, caramel & butterscotch notes, Lipton tea with sugar, burnt top of creme brûlée, very nice round acidity and a delicious polished finish.
This makes for a great dessert wine or will drink nicely on its own. Worth picking up a bottle and trying at $35. I definitely did.
The Matthiasson Sweet Vermouth is made from a very uncommon varietal in Napa, Flora. It’s a varietal created in the 1950’s from a cross between Semillon and Gewurztraminer. Surprisingly, this varietal still grows in the Yount Mill Vineyard in Oakville.
They pick the fruit late increasing the sweetness during fermentation and adding cane sugar or in wine terminology, capitalize it. 17% ABV but, you never sense it as such.
Photos of, Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson, shots from around their property and their Calistoga vineyard.
— a year ago