Matthiasson, Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix Vineyard 2020Regular price $150.00 Save $-150.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
Steve Matthiasson is a California pioneer. Daring to break Napa tradition, Steve and his wife Jill have planted rare, ancient Italian grapes though recognize that Napa loves all the well-known international grapes. A Matthiasson tasting experience, laid out on the picnic table that separates their home from the winemaking operation (with their dog and at least one son stopping by!) shows instantly how the couple reveres the place they farm together. This is real California wine and Matthiasson’s wines are where California wine is headed. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
Originally planted in 1982 with old heritage field selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, Matthiasson purchased the plot in 2017. They immediately worked to implement organic farming methods and focused on rejuvenating some of the old vines via composting and pruning. The steep hillside location requires much of the farming to be carried out by hand, but this labor is made worth it by the its exceptional and unusual terroir. Phoenix Vineyard sits on an undisturbed ridge of ancient marine shale soils. The wine is aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak, a few older French oak barrels, two seasoned Demi-muids, and a large foudre.