Matthiasson, Village Chardonnay No.1 2019Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
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.
Matthiasson makes a couple Chardonnays, but this one stands out as an ode to Napa in the past. It’s an ode to fresh, clean Chardonnay that isn't heavily oaked or buttery; what Julia Childs would drink while cooking. This is a blend of Chardonnay from different lots that did not make it into the other bottlings. Matthiasson harvests grapes at different periods, some early to retain freshness and acidity, others later to allow more texture and richness—the perfect balance. This undergoes a gentle touch of French oak. This is a table wine first, but with the same attention to detail as the other wines.