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Steve Matthiasson is known for growing the grapes that hit the upper 90’s with Parker, but on the weekends he likes to kick back on the patio with a refreshing white and that’s what inspired TENDU, the tense, mouthwatering and minerally white that is our homegrown answer to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc – all in one big, party-friendly bottle. Delicious and unpretentious stuff from a California master.
About the wine
In search of the perfect summer white, Steve Matthiasson surveyed the vineyards of Northern California for a bright, mineral-inflected mix of mouthwatering fruits. It all started with a choice plot of Vermentino – the scintillating and delicious Italian white grape that is glugged down by the gallon by tourists in Cinqueterre and Sardinia. This Vermentino laid down a foundation of green apple, white flower and citrus oil. A splash of Colombard, the zesty white grape from France’s Gascony region contributes a pinch of dried herb. A finishing touch of good Napa Chardonnay from the renowned Linda Vista vineyard kicks in a dollop of peach and Golden Delicious apple flecked with honeyed walnut. Altogether, the blend delivers a fresh, snappy wine that works with everything from summer salads to chicken wings! Steve even kicks in an extra 33% for free, packaging this in picnic-ready pop-top bottles!
Winemaker: Steve Matthiasson
- 93-94 pts: Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
- Winemakers of the Year, 2012: Food and Wine
- Winemakers of the Year, 2014: SF Chronicle
- Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers: Into Wine
Grapes: 75% Vermentino; 20% French Colombard; 5% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Primarily Windmill Vineyard with a few additions
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
About the winery
One of Matthiasson’s greatest admirers is Warren Winiarski of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – one of his first clients. Matthiasson’s magic in Napa’s best vineyards has yielded the fruit that inspires drinkers the world over. In their own winery, the Matthiassons enjoy the rewards of nearly two decades of working for someone else as they survey their tiny farm and turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Their wines are a combination of their influences – California agrarian life and a connection to France and Italy that feels like they were paysannes in a former life. Their wines are aromatic, complex and practically hypnotic when paired with simple foods of the sort a weeknight permits. They continue to explore the exciting possibilities of maximum flavor at lowest possible alcohol.
About the vineyards
Matthiasson’s fourth year of Tendu white wine is once again based on Vermentino from the weathered, pink gravelly alluvium, very low fertility soils (Corning Series) called the Windmill Vineyard. The vineyard is located outside of Woodland in Yolo County (Dunnigan Hills AVA). It is of moderate elevation and it gets quite warm during the day. In order to add some extra brightness, they contacted a friend who helped them find some racy French Colombard in Suisun Valley and Steve blended in a little lean and mean Chardonnay from the Linda Vista vineyard.
About the winemaker, Steve Matthiasson
As a vineyard consultant Steve teaches and makes decisions, such as when to water and how to prune, on vineyards throughout Napa and Sonoma. Steve's current clients include Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Long Meadow Ranch, Trefethen, Limerick Lane, and others. On his own vineyards, however, Steve cares for the vines with his own hands, driving the tractor at night, and working with the crews on Sundays. His winemaking style is at the forefront of a European-inspired but California-centric approach that marries ripeness, fragrance and digestibility at lower alcohols.
93-94 points, Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
"In both form and function this is the perfect Summer picnic wine! The packaging is super drinker friendly...comes in a tall-boy liter bottle, with a bottle cap closure (no corkscrew needed) and tastes just the way you'd expect...bright and refreshing. And the name "Tendu" captures the essence of the beautiful tension in this wine between the taught mouthwatering acidity and the layers of ripe multi-varietal fruit flavors.
On the nose the river rock minerality mingles with lemon rind oil, stone fruit and peach flowers. Definitive flavors of yellow pears and plums, Meyer lemon, and white peaches dominate the light palate which then finishes with a crisp lemon rind zing. This is a no-nonsense, easy drinking wine that will pair well with a wide range of foods including many cheese, both firm and soft like manchego or herbed chèvre accompanied by berries and figs and would also pair with a multitude of lighter dishes especially vegetarian dishes and salads like butter lettuce, pear and walnut salad with (or without) sliced lemony chicken. Have fun in the sun with his one!"