2016 Sonoma Valley Überblend by the bottle

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At 49% Petite Sirah, 21% Grenache, 17% Carignane and 13% Alicante Bouschet, the Überblend is the ultimate expression of a Red Blend from the Mathis Vineyard with this dramatically different blend of varieties.

After establishing the signature Grenache blend from my vineyard, I began experimenting with other, unique blends. Grenache is often thought of as a light red wine. I wanted to show that the grapes of the Mathis Vineyard could produce a hefty, robust red wine. Hence, after years of perfecting the blend, Überblend joined the portfolio of Mathis wines with its 2012 vintage, offering those who enjoy big, powerful red wines a bold addition.

PRODUCTION NOTES 

VINTAGE: 2016 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley 
VARIETAL(S):
  49% Petite Sirah
  21% Grenache
  17% Carignane
  13% Alicante Bouschet 

VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard 
HARVEST: September 25, 2016
AGING: 27 months, in French oak barrels (33% new)
ALCOHOL: 14.6% 
CASES: 72 
pH: 3.7
TA: 5.7 g/L

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of an oregano and thyme covered Greek mountainside (really) with a super-rich, dark plum/prune fruit in the mouth. Chalky tannins are firm but not overwhelming, making this one of the most approachable Überblends on release.  The concentrated grip of Petite Sirah is softened by the Grenache and Carignane, without losing any of its intensity and herbal focus. Best paired with richer dishes in its youth, the 2016 Über is food friendly right out of the gate.  Enjoy now through 2036. 

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 2016 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.

FERMENTATION

Co-fermented with native yeasts in 1.5 ton open top bins. The cap is managed with 2-3 punchdowns per day until dryness. Pressed after 13 days on the skins.

GROWING SEASON

A very early bud break led to an equally early bloom, with some shatter due to rains. The result was smaller clusters with quite small berries, all good for making concentrated wines. Summer was mild and moderate with no high heat spikes, allowing for extra hang time given the earliness of bud break. 

CELLARING

Firm Petite Sirah tannins, made approachable by the co-fermentation with Grenache and Carignane, ensure the long life of the wine. Drink now through 2036.