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This is some of the richest, heftiest Chardonnay in CA, and with just the right amount of acid to make this thrilling but not overwrought. If this bottle had a label in French, the price tag would easily be $200+. Matias Chardonnay dazzles, tasting like ripe Fuji apples dusted with cinnamon. The finish is long, creamy and expansive, in a confident, assertive style. Enjoy this stunning Chardonnay with roast chicken, baked salmon and sheep’s-milk cheeses – or just by itself, while unwinding from a day at work.
About the wine
Matias presents a textbook example of Modern California Chardonnay. What’s that? Well, it combines the lavish and pleasure-centric approach of Classic Cali Chardonnay (think Rombauer, Montelena, Talbott) and engraves that bold frame with lots of detail and elegance, like a fine Chablis. Take a taste and you’ll find your palate reeling from hedonistic and exotic flavors while your intellect is engaged by the presence of unique aromas and nuance. Lush green and yellow fruit glimmer in the glass and spread out on the palate. All along the way, notions of white flowers, truffle, cinnamon and powdered sugar dart in and out of view, compelling the taster to dive further in! It’s why this sort of Chardonnay is making a case for the world’s best – even challenging the Burgundians. While at Williams-Selyem, winemaker Dan Fitzgerald learned the W-S approach to winemaking – a Sonoma spin on the Burgundian artisanal technique. It’s a style that not only impresses upon first sip, but it hits the weight room and keeps building in power and intensity as it opens up. It’s thrilling, and one finds that the last glass is by far the best, and demands that another cork be pulled!
Winemaker: Dan Fitzgerald
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
- 95 pts: Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
- 94 pts: Christopher Sawyer, "Sommelier to the Stars"
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: Sierra Mar and Soberanes Vineyards
Cooperage: 16 months in French Oak, 40% new.
About the winery
Matias one of the more exciting labels to come out of the veteran super-team assembled at Brack Mountain Wine Co. With a steely focus on searching out the holy land for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Matias picks only locations that have excellent clonal selections and a unique day-night temperature swing make for big ripe fruit with jazzy acidity. Their Chardonnays in particular make for some electric drinking and have become the reason why wine lovers from around the globe are re-thinking their collections of White Burgundy. The folks at Brack Mountain Wine Co. are highly experienced in working with top vineyards, as Brack is a coalition of talented winemakers and vineyard managers that combine their knowledge and access to bring great wines to table at a fair price. This hardworking team does small batch winemaking that hits shelves under a variety of compelling labels, including Vivino user favorites like Bench, Cyprus and Borne.
About the vineyards
The Sierra Mar Vineyard, owned and farmed by Gary Franscioni is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Santa Lucia and Gavilan Mountain Ranges surround the Salinas Valley and act like a conduit, directing the winds off the Pacific down the Valley, cooling the region from warm inland temperatures. The afternoon winds deliver fog off the Monterey Bay, acting as a buffer and extending the growing season. The high elevation, thin soils and arid conditions produce wines of intense concentration.
The Soberanes Vineyard is named for the family of the original Spanish land grant. It is situated on a small terrace adjacent to the famous Garys’ Vineyard. Planted in 2007, Soberanes has thirty-eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. It has an Eastern exposure and sits on classic alluvial sandy loam soil.
About the winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald
Ex-Williams Selyem assistant winemaker Dan Fitzgerald is the serious winemaking chops behind Brack Mountain Wine Company. He brings extensive winemaking experience to this dynamic winery with harvests all over California. Fitzgerald is an absolute workhorse, having flown back and forth across hemispheres for years as he accumulated winemaking experience. His approach is based in traditional winemaking, and letting the terroir express itself. His touch with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is masterful.
95 pts, Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier
"This epic Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay provides rich California fruit, intense hillside character and a Burgundy-like finesse of body and texture that I adore. Clover honey, lemon zest and fresh cream mingle on the nose with toasted almonds and a touch of cinnamon and caramel. There is also a mouthwatering buttered popcorn element that lingers lovingly. The palate is full yet elegant, revealing vanilla infused Cream Brûlée with lightly toasted oak that envelopes a core of simmered pears and baked yellow apple fruit. The deliciously nutty marzipan and lemon drop finish is super long and extremely well balanced demanding many more sips. This delectable Chardonnay is wonderful sipped on its own but will glam up any poultry dish especially crispy roast chicken and the creamy texture of this wine would further enhance with the addition of a mushroom sauce (think Porcini)."
94 pts, Christopher Sawyer, "Sommelier to the Stars"
"Long before the big Chardonnay boom swept across America in the 1980s, some of the early plantings of this noble white grape variety were concentrated on the sloping hillside of the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. Influenced by the unique mixture of gravelly, sandy and alluvial-based soils, foggy mornings, warm days and powerful maritime winds in the late afternoon; this lovely patchwork of vineyards is now home to some of the finest Chardonnay selections of California’s Central Coast.
For a stylish example of the region, try the Matias 2015 Chardonnay. With a beautiful pale golden hue, the wine opens up with fragrant scents of ripe stone fruits, ginger, orange blossom, crushed rock and spice. In the glass, the generous flavors of white peach, baked apple, mango, grapefruit, lemon chiffon and subtle nuance of fine French oak, which caress the palate with a steady flow of creamy texture, tangy acidity, and a long, dry and graceful finish. Together, the wonderful balance of elegance and harmony of this wine is a pleasure to the palate, and a magnificent offering of a world-class Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands at an amiable price.
With fine cuisine, serve this wine with soft cheeses, green salads with a light, creamy dressing, gourmet sandwiches, fresh pasta with white sauce, risotto with wild mushrooms, pan-seared scallops, roasted chicken with fresh herbs, and grilled pork chops."