2014 Sonoma Valley Überblend for Gift Boxes by the bottle

$35.00

Awarded GOLD MEDALS at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and 2018 West Coast Wine Competition ~ The 2014 Überblend is a bold and large framed Red Blend led by Petite Sirah, and co-fermented with substantial amounts of the three other varieties I grow in the Mathis Vineyard – Grenache, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. I'm happy to announce the release of the third vintage of Überblend!

TASTING NOTES

The 2014 Überblend is a lush 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 aroma. 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! 

FOOD PAIRING

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.

PRODUCTION NOTES

Über Blend Bottle Shot-Mathis Wine

VINTAGE: 2014 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
VARIETAL(S):
  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: Should last to 2030 and beyond, and will likely reward long aging. 

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 2014 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.

HARVEST NOTES

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. 

FERMENTATION

1.5 ton open top fermenters using native yeasts and punchdowns 2-3x/day. Fermentation lasted 14 days on the skins. 

ACCOLADES

GOLD MEDAL – 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

GOLD MEDAL – 2018 West Coast Wine Competition