|2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition|
SWEEPSTAKES WINNER S3x
2010 three Mataro Spinelli Contra Costa County
Mataro, also known as Mouvèdre (France) and Monastrell (Spain), is an international varietal fermented into many different styles of wine from fruity rosés to concentrated dark-reds with strong tannic structures. Mataro has long been blended with Grenache, Syrah, and other Rhone varietals in its traditional western European home sites. The grape is thought to have arrived in California in the 1870’s and was planted with Zinfandel in field blends in the North Coast and in Contra Costa, Riverside, and San Bernardino County. Much of the original California acreage was lost due to urbanization but a few small ancient plantings such as the Spinelli Vineyard in Oakley remain today.
This deep-colored wine has nice flavors of blackberry fruit with hints of Provencal herbs. With such a bold tannin structure this wine will age well for 6 to 10 years. This earthy wine pairs well with rustic fare like stews and roasts.