Matthiasson Rosé 2015
Region: Dunnigan Hills & Napa Valley, California
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise
Steve and Jill Matthiasson are among those young producers dubbed The New California by wine writer and author Jon Bonné. The unofficial movement to revolutionize California wine is lead by disparate yet like minded people seeking to perfectly match variety to place, as has been done in Europe for centuries. While there's something new about it, the ideals are very close to those of Old California, when wines were made in a style closer to their motherland counter parts in the 1970s and 80s. In short, we're looking at lower alcohol wines with nuanced fruit flavors that reflect both the grape and the place from whence it came. It's an exciting time for Cali winemaking, grabbing the attention of former naysayers (present company included) and creating opportunities for vinous expression that wasn't there before.
Matthiasson is known for their whites, but you have to start somewhere with a producer and the rosé was in front of me, so I bought it and it was tasty. The blend is 36% syrah, 31% grenache, 29% mourvèdre, and 4% counoise from two small vineyards, the Windmill vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills AVA and the Hurley vineyard in Napa at the base of the Silverado Trail. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed, then aged sur lie in stainless steel, fully shielded from oxygen and never stirred. To maintain crisp acidity levels, the wine did not undergo malolactic conversion. Lots of details to this one. My reading of Bonné's excellent new book is showing strong.
The Matthiasson Rosé 2015 is pale pink with an orange tinge with lightly fragrant strawberry and raspberry aromas. On the palate, more red berry fruit, delicate in an elegant way, like the quiet beauty who has little to say, but when she does, her words speak volumes. Beautiful acidity, great length, deliciously yummy. I've gotten a little cerebral and poetic with this one, but don't be shy. She's easy to get along with no matter your state of mind.