Eric Asimov "20 Wines Under $20"
"In the old days, this might have been called a jug wine, in the best sense of the phrase. Indeed, the Tendu is sold in 1-liter bottles — there’s added value. It’s so delicious and low in alcohol (just 11.7 percent) that you’ll want to gulp it down. It’s an Italian-style blend of barbera, montepulciano and aglianico, plus some unidentified others. It’s made without sulfur dioxide, a common stabilizer, yet I’ve never seen a flawed bottle. Try it with burgers, pizza and even Cantonese food."
Tendu is a blend of Aglianico, Montepulciano and Barbera from the weathered, pink gravelly alluvium, very low fertility soils (Corning Series) called the Windmill Vineyard. The vineyard is located outside of Woodland (Yolo County; Dunnigan Hills AVA). It is of moderate elevation and it gets quite warm during the day. Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel, aged in neutral barrels, no sulfur added, no filtration.
Blend: 41% Barbera, 23% Montepulciano, 23% Aglianico, 13% missed blacks
“Matthiasson wines bear an agricultural stamp, as fresh, lively and alive
as the best produce from a farmers’ market” -Eric Asimov, NY Times
James Beard Award nominee 2014 – 2017
WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine Magazine
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Winemaking for us is a natural extension of farming, and most of our grapes come from the seven vineyards that we farm in Napa and Sonoma. We love to explore classical expressions of different varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla or Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso. In all cases we try to respect the purity of the variety and the individuality of the site. Our wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol. By using our site-specific farming methods to grow intense fruit, coupled with careful restraint in the cellar, we strive to produce wine that is full flavored but impeccably balanced.