A small production (896 cases total) white blend that opens with New World fruitiness and vibrancy thanks to 59 percent California Sauvignon Blanc but then closes with delicate Old World composure due to an unusual combination of 20 percent Ribolla Gialla, 14 percent Semillon and 7 percent Tocai Friulano. The use of Italian grapes is typical of the Matthaisson brand, which seeks to marry a diversity of grapes and wine-making techniques to produce a final product that epitomizes the total “wine experience.” The 2010 edition of the winery’s white blend comes close to this lofty mental ideal; take a moment to list the qualities of a “good” white wine and you’ll nearly describe the flavors and characteristics of this Napa Valley blend. There’s ample citrus acidity; a fragrant, floral nose reminiscent of good Sancerre; a faint, round oak character; and finally a barely perceptible but fascinating note of cinnamon raisin bagel and honey butter. Enjoy with steamed firm whitefish and a smattering of fresh vegetables, like butter-glazed green cabbage and sweet snowpeas.
Wine Lines Rating: 91