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Matthiasson Michael Mara Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, USA 2014

Regular price $ 57.16

This vineyard is west of the town of Sonoma, at the base of Sonoma Mountain, where the crushed rock and volcanic soils were formed by a landslide. It’s planted to Clone 4, which Steve Matthiasson likes for its acid retention. He harvests most of the vineyard early, leaving 30 percent of the fruit on the vine to pick late, and adds that riper juice to the barrels to extend the fermentation. Then he allows the wine to undergo malolactic fermentation and 18 months of aging in barrel without racking or stirring. Its flavor depth comes through in notes of orange, gold and yellow fruits, with ripeness that adds earthy complexity but doesn’t diminish the fresh clarity of the scent. Serve this at cellar temperature with sea bass roasted with chanterelles.