Matthiasson, Chardonnay "Michael Mara Vineyard" 2016Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
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.
The blood, sweat, and tears behind the Michael Mara Vineyard began with planting from scratch, which turned into a nightmare upon discovering the rockiest soil of their 20 year tenure, almost putting them out of business. After conquering the rocks, they were forced to sell most of the Chardonnay to other wineries to cover the cost. Some of the fruit was still salvaged; the resulting effort worth the struggle. The vineyard was harvested twice—the first round is 80% of the fruit to retain acidity, keeping alcohol moderate. The second round, the last 20%, captures its depth and strength. Just 273 cases were made.