2018 Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard
Grape varieties: Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley, California
star shaped sunglasses / late august peach / wearing “that” sweater that still smells like “that” person
Nappppaaaaaa Charrrrrdoooooooo! Steve Matthiasson was one of the first winemakers I was starstruck by because he’s in the movie Somm and at that time in my life, that meant he was a true celebrity. There’s a scene where he’s standing in a pile of destroyed barrels after a storm had ruined so much of his work. Instead of seeming crushed by his loss he just remarks on how happy he is that his family is safe and that made him near perfect to me. He is forever squinting because I guess in California the sun just stays in your eyes long after it sinks. He has a nasal tone to his voice that hooked me in a mysterious way. Has this become a love letter to Steve Matthiasson?
Okay okay okay here are some actual things about this wine: this is a dance where neither partner leads. There is a bit of fleshy richness but it’s perfectly opposed with powerful acidity. My man Steve has never been huge on new american oak, but there is gentle use of old french oak here to give it a softness that really is, no matter what you think about oak, pretty irresistible. You will most definitely enjoy this very pleasurable wine!
Perhaps you would like to hear him speak? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgXBG9Hc1dY
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