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2012 Sonoma Valley Überblend by the bottle

$48.00

SOLD OUT! Awarded a DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL at the San Francisco International Wine Competition ~ The 2012 Überblend is the ultimate expression of a big, bold Red Blend. It began as a project back in 2006 with a small ferment of a field blend using a much different proportioning of the Mathis Vineyard grapes used in my Grenache. Each subsequent vintage I’d dabble with a new version, changing the varietal percentages around, looking for the magic mix. Perfected in 2012, I'm happy to announce the release of the first Überblend! [View/Download 2012 Mathis Überblend tech sheet.]

TASTING NOTES

This bruising beast highlights the amazing pepper spice, inky blackness and boysenberry fruit of Petite Sirah, with the other varieties contributing notes of pomegranate juice, cherry liquor, and a juicy sweet center that makes it all hang together.   The new French oak barrels used in maturation add nice dark chocolate and mocha aromas.  Body is high as is concentration and the wine has an intense, long, black cherry finish.  I’m confident it will still be showing well in 20 years.

For food pairing, especially for early consumption, I recommend serving the Uber with savory dishes; a cassoulet, braised short ribs, cheese fondue, a lamb roasted with garlic –the big phenolics cry out for something substantial to push against, or else the food will be overwhelmed by the intensity of the wine.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Über Blend Bottle Shot-Mathis Wine

VINTAGE: 2012 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S):
  51% Petite Sirah
  25% Grenache
  13% Carignane
  11% Alicante Bouschet

VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: October 18, 2012
AGING: 36 months, in French Oak Barrels (30% new)
ALCOHOL: 14.6%
CASES: 112 
pH: 3.60
TA: 5.7 g/L
CELLARING: Ready to drink now. Will hold nicely for at least twenty years.

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION

Mathis Vineyard - Early Morning, Grenache, Sonoma ValleyMathis Vineyard covers a 7.5 acre plot, situated in the hills above the town of Sonoma, on a warm, south-facing slope. The soils are volcanic in origin, low vigor, with underlying rhyolitic rock. The nearby San Francisco Bay, visible from the vineyard, provides a cooling influence and allows for extended hang time at harvest. The 2012 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.

HARVEST NOTES

The 2012 growing season provided the perfect blend of conditions to deliver both high quality and bountiful fruit. The season offered dry, warm days and cool nights, allowing for perfect ripening conditions and intense flavors.

FERMENTATION

Small open top fermenters (2 ton capacity). Only native yeasts used. Two to three punchdowns per day. Fermentation lasted 12 days on the skins.

ACCOLADES

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition

GOLD medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition