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Matthiasson Napa White '10 750 2011

Matthiasson Napa White '10 750 2011

750ML    
Sku: 052270

Blend: 56 % Sauvignon Blanc, 20 % Ribolla Gialla, 18 % Semillon, and 8 % Tocai Friulano.
The Sauvignon blanc brings a clean fresh citrusy acidity and some tropical character. The Ribolla gialla brings seashell minerality, nuttiness, and structure to the blend. The Semillon contributes viscosity and a ripe fig and beeswax character that adds gravity and weight. The Tocai friulano adds spicy aromatic notes. The acidity and fruit expression is balanced by a rich lees character and a backdrop of creamy oak. There is interplay in the wine between lightness and richness, and focus and complexity.

Wine maker notes
The 2011 White Wine, is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Semillon, and Tocai Fruilano. The wine is the flintiest/stoniest vintage to date, almost Riesling-like at first, and thanks to the extremely long and cool growing season there is tremendous natural acidity tempered with a lot of flesh and ripeness. Flavors include white peach, kafir lime, lychee nut, grapefruit, and pineapple, along with stones, oyster shells, and freshly baled straw. Itís our most complex vintage to date.

Other text
The two vineyards are all in the cool southern part of the Napa Valley.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon come from Ryans Vineyard, which sits on a streak of alluvial gravel in the center of the valley floor, south part of Napa. It is right in the path of the daily wind current that pulls up through the valley from the San Francisco Bay towards Calistoga. Native grasses are planted under the vines to compete for moisture and nutrients and encourage the roots to forage down deep in the gravelly soil.
The Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Friulano are from the tiny Vare Vineyard, in the mouth of Napaís Dry Creek canyon, right next to the creek. The rocky fluvial soil and cool air drainage of the canyon work perfectly with the variety. Ribolla Gialla is an extremely old variety cultivated since medieval times in the Collio region of Italy and Slovenia.

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