2014 Sonoma Valley Überblend by the bottle


Awarded GOLD MEDALS at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and 2018 West Coast Wine Competition ~ The 2014 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 third vintage of Überblend!


The 2014 Überblend is a lush and brooding expression of the Mathis Vineyard terroir. Petite Sirah leads aromatically and in the mouth with dense blackberry and currant fruit, and an herbal, pine sap aromas. The initial grip of the wine is chalky and firm, immediately mellowing in the mouth with lovely soft red fruits from the Grenache and Carignane—pomegranate syrup and raspberry confiture. The finish is long and elegant with the Alicante adding a twist of white pepper.  I adore this wine! 


Especially when consuming early, I recommend serving the Über 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.


Über Blend Bottle Shot-Mathis Wine

VINTAGE: 2014 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
  40% Petite Sirah
  29% Grenache
  24% Carignane
  7% Alicante Bouschet

VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard
HARVEST: September 14, 2014
AGING: 26 months, in French oak barrels (25% new)
ALCOHOL: 14.7%
CASES: 78 
pH: 3.60
TA: 5.6 g/L
CELLARING: Combining power and grace, it will clearly last 15 years or more for those who’d like to consider cellaring, but drinks very well today. 


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 2014 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.


Drought conditions and a warm winter kicked off bud break earlier than average in 2014. This, followed by a long and continued warm growing season, led to very quick sugar accumulation at the end of August, and an early harvest on September 14th. 


Small open top fermenters (2 ton capacity). Only native yeasts used. Hand punchdowns. Fermentation lasted 14 days on the skins. 


GOLD MEDAL – 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

GOLD MEDAL – 2018 West Coast Wine Competition