Matthiasson 2013 Napa Valley Red - Bordeaux Blends Red Wine

Red Wine by Matthiasson from Napa Valley, California. This wine is our attempt at crafting a classic balanced and age-worthy red wine-wine like the wines produced and collected around the world when people like Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill wouldn't have dinner without a bottle of Claret. Old school age-worthy wine with finesse but with guts, and complete from beginning to end. The blend is roughly 52 percent Merlot, 34 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percenmplete from beginning to end. The blend is roughly 52 percent Merlot, 34 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Cabernet franc, 2 percent Malbec, and 2 percent Petit verdot. The fruit was fermented at low temperatures in small, open-top tanks and punched down by hand one to three times per day, depending on how the wine tasted during the fermentations. Maceration was 18-24 days. The wine was partially co-fermented (fermented together as one lot), and the remainder racked and blended before malolactic fermentation, so that the wine could marry from the very beginning-much magic happens during fermentation, and co-fermenting can create a seamless wine in a way that doesn't always happen with blending after the fact. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak (Taransaud), and 50% older French oak barrels. The wine was given 20 months of elevage (aging in barrel). Around 100 cases worth of wine (four full barrels) were lost in the 2014 Napa earthquake when the barrels came crashing down, so only 294 cases were made this year. The peak of the drought, the 2013 vintage was hot and dry, and created structured and dark-fruited wines- very different than the softer and fruitier 2012 vintage. Additionally, in 2013, for the first time, we changed our Cabernet sauvignon vineyard component to the powerful and dark-fruited Dead Fred Vineyard. Despite the drought and the new vineyard, the wine retains its typical bright red fruits and mineral character and cedar and tobacco aromas but with a strong rich black fruit and graphite component. As always it has its classic Red Hen Merlot cherry, dark chocolate, Marionberry, olive, black tea and forest character. And there is the trademark. read more