Posts Tagged Matanzas Creek

2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy... Read more

2015 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

This winery was one of the first to lay claim to making a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in California some three decades ago. Time passes, and… nothing has changed. The grapes for this bottling are sourced from around 40 parcels of the best grapes... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek has been making one of Sonoma County’s most reliable Merlot bottlings for four decades, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling most of them. Although the 2012 growing season was cool in comparison to the nearly perfect 2013... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek ‘Jackson Park’ Merlot, Bennett Valley

For a young red, this wine exhibits a seamless refinement. Fleshy, full and fat in the mouth, it shows off notes of black cherry, fleshy plum and clove/cardamom. The tannins are well knit and well integrated, while the finish is long and smooth.... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

For three decades, this bottling has represented the archetypical style of “California Chardonnay.” Fat and opulent with good citrus acidity beneath it, the wine shows vanilla, clove and allspice infused in butter, joined by some oak spice and... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley, Sonoma County

The Sauvignon grapes for this bottling come from the Helena Bench region of Knights Valley, on the northern slope of Mount St. Helena. Ten percent of the grapes harvested were of the fragrant Musqué clone, which contributes scents of white flowers... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County

For over three decades, Matanzas Creek Winery has been producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc made in California. This bottling comes from Bennett Valley, home to the Matanzas Creek Winery estate. At first pour, it exhibits a brilliant straw... Read more

2011 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque dark ruby/purple in hue, this wine has a dusty minerality in the nose, with whiffs of smoky oak, pencil shavings, coffee, blackberry and currant. In the mouth, the fruit impressions are both ample and balanced, and the medium-grained... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Brilliant medium straw in color, with green highlights, this focused wine oozes smoky oak and clarified butter aromas, leading to flavors of poached pear, baking spice and peach. It really sweetens up in the mouth, and has a long, palate-coating... Read more