Style: Fruity, Medium Bodied
Matthiasson Ribolla Gialla Napa Valley Matthiasson Vineyard ’18
This Ribolla Gialla tastes like hazelnuts, baking spices, Meyer lemon curd, Bartlett pear, but most of all it has a stony minerality that is incredibly distinctive. There is supple tannic structure and fresh balanced acidity, with great weight and length given the low alcohol.
Ribolla gialla originates in the Friuli region of Italy and across the border in Slovenia. It’s earliest known mention was in the Pope’s paperwork managing a dispute between the Bishop of Trieste and a monastery in Venezia in 1296. Ribolla Gialla makes an unparalleled food wine, filling the gap in food pairing between white wines and red wines—it can be amazing with pork, rich raw and cooked seafood, and intense cheeses. The Matthiassons chose to ferment this wine on its skins and stems in the ancient manner.
The wine is 100 percent Ribolla Gialla from the Matthiasson vineyard.
The wine was fermented whole cluster in a open-top tank. After two weeks the must was pressed, and the wine was aged for 18 months in neutral barrels. The wine aged sur lees, it was never racked. No SO2 was used until bottling.
The alcohol is 12.0%, the pH is 4.0 and the TA is 7.35. 293 cases produced.
The Ribolla gialla represents seven rows in the Matthiasson’s home vineyard the “Matthiasson” vineyard in the Western Oak Knoll area of Napa Valley. It was grafted onto 15 year old Merlot vines. George Vare was given a few sticks of the budwood from Josko Gravner in 2001 and grafted it into his own vineyard, which Steve Matthiasson was managing. Steve and then Jill in love with the variety in the process, and immediately grafted the variety into their own vineyard when they purchased it in 2006.
About the Winery
Matthiasson is a family endeavor, the effort of Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson, and their two young sons. Steve & Jill both have had life-long careers in sustainable agriculture, and they apply those ideals of balance, restraint, and respect for the individual—and for the whole—to their wine.
Production at Matthiasson is simple but careful. This concept is central to the tradition of viticulture and winemaking. Respect for this tradition forms the core of their work. To that end, their hands literally touch every vine and every bottle.
Matthiasson moved to Napa in 2002. In December 2006, they took their wine plans another step forward and bought a small parcel tucked behind a subdivision just west of the city of Napa. They began replanting the property’s 3 1/2 acres of vineyard to an initial lot of Ribolla Gialla – traced back to Josko Gravner’s vineyard in Friuli — Merlot, Refosco, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2009 Matthiasson had the chance to plant a vineyard on the West slopes of the town of Sonoma. The Michael Mara vineyard is now one of the most sought after sights for Chardonnay in California. Steve also farms a few parcels in Napa for their signature blends.
These blends have revolutionized the idea of thinking outside the single varietal and sourcing grape varietals from their most appropriate locales up and down the Valley. Steve has also redefined the term “ripeness” in California in terms of picking wine grapes. Matthiasson currently picks 3-4 weeks before most of his neighbors. However, as each vintage moves on, there are more and more of farmers following the lead of Steve Matthiasson and following the trail that he is blazing through California
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