A true star in American viticulture and named 2014 California winemaker of the year, Steve Matthiasson's wines are truly a rare and delicious find. This wine, like all Tendu wines, is an excellent and spectacular expression of California wine.
Here’s the thing, Tendu doesn’t really need an introduction, but if you don’t happen to know that Steve and Jill Matthiasson make this wine, then we’re here to tell you. For this label, the couple decided on creating blends that revolutionize the idea of thinking outside the single varietal thus sourcing them from their most appropriate vineyard sites up and down the Napa Valley. They both have extensive résumés in sustainable agriculture and are basically eco-friendly superheroes while we’re over here trying to make sure we recycle.
Now that you know how personally obsessed we are with the Matthiassons, here they are with another label serving extreme summer vibes! Crown-cap opening, 1L format, Vermentino-dominant gorgeous blend (smaller percentages of French Colombard and Chardonnay) that has everything you need for the warm weather, minus sunscreen, nearest body of water, and ice bucket! Aromas of honeysuckle and granite give way to every adjective for the word tart. There are no rules with this just as long you serve it cold!
From the winery:
For Steve and Jill Matthiasson, winemaking is a natural extension of farming, and most of their grapes come from the seven vineyards that the winery farms in Napa and Sonoma. They love to explore classical expressions of different varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla or Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso.
In all cases, the winemakers try to respect the purity of the variety and the individuality of the site. The resulting wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol. By using site-specific farming methods to grow intense fruit, coupled with careful restraint in the cellar, Tendu strives to produce wines that are full flavored but impeccably balanced.