2017 Sonoma Valley Überblend by the bottle

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93 Points - The Tasting Panel Magazine - At 42% Petite Sirah, 23% Grenache, 22% 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. Highly focused and intense aromatically, with notes of licorice, tar and Provençal herbs overlaying dark, plummy fruits. The tannins of the Petite are readily apparent, with the firmness gentled by the sweet fruitiness of Grenache and brightness of the Carignane and Alicante. 

PRODUCTION NOTES 

VINTAGE: 2017 
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley 
VARIETAL(S):
  42% Petite Sirah
  23% Grenache
  22% Carignane
  13% Alicante Bouschet 

VINEYARD: Mathis Vineyard 
HARVEST: October 1, 2017
AGING: 30 months, in French oak barrels (25% new)
ALCOHOL: 15% 
CASES: 86 
pH: 3.6
TA: 5.95 g/L

TASTING NOTES

Highly focused and intense aromatically, with notes of licorice, tar and Provençal herbs overlaying dark, plummy fruits. The tannins of the Petite are readily apparent, with the firmness gentled by the sweet fruitiness of Grenache and brightness of the Carignane and Alicante. This is clearly a “serious” wine, and as such is best paired with rich and savory dishes that will stand up to its intensity and grip. Enjoyable at release, it will continue to evolve and mature for at least 20 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 2017 vintage yielded 2.7 tons per acre.

FERMENTATION

Co-fermented with native yeasts in a 1.5 ton open top bin. The cap was managed with 2-3 punchdowns per day until dryness. Pressed after 12 days on the skins.

GROWING SEASON

Generous Spring rains led to healthy growth and near perfect vine balance in 2017. The ripening season was largely mild, but with a string of over 100° days in early September that accelerated ripening. Yields were small, and the grapes highly concentrated and deeply colored.

CELLARING

The 2017 Überblend is built for the ages. The overall concentration, firm tannins from the Petite Sirah, and fresh acidity of the Carignane make this a wine that will reward cellaring almost indefinitely.

ACCOLADES

"With a foundation of 42% Petite Sirah, and blending in 23% Grenache, 22% Carignane, and 13% Alicante Bouschet, this wine showcases plush tannins, with a textural teeth-grabbing cherry skin. Dried violets and roasted coffee bean come into play, with a base coat of anise. Big, spiced notes of tobacco lead to a savory finish. 93 Points" - From the July/August 2021 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine