The 2015 Matthiasson Tendu White is my pick for the top spring, summer, pool, picnic, and beach wine! From all-star farmer and winemaker Steve Matthiasson, the Tendu White is a blend of Vermentino, Colombard, and Chardonnay. It’s unoaked, it comes in a liter bottle, and it’s seriously delicious.
2015 Matthiasson Tendu White
This liter of lovely white is perfect for picnics, beach trips, and/or poolside sipping!
Steve Matthiasson is a rock star. Winemaker of the Year in 2012 for Food and Wine, he was also named Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chroncile in 2014. Yep, he’s a good winemaker, but he’s also a farmer. In fact, he grows the grapes that go into many upper-90’s rated, Parker and Galloni wines.
In addition, he and his wife Jill are just super-kind folks. And the Matthiasson Tendu White kinda’ reminds me of them. Lynn and I hung out with Jill and Steve on our most recent trip to California, and that is where I first tasted this wine. It’s charming, it’s honest, and it’s real — just like Team Matthiasson.
So what is it? It’s 75% Vermentino, the delicious white grape that is crushed with reckless abandon by tourists in Sardinia and Cinqueterre. 20% Colombard, the zesty white grape from Southwestern France, adds a nice zip. And a splash of Napa Valley Chardonnay, just 5%, adds a bit of richness. That’s a lot of percentages, but the key one is the 33% extra wine you get. Yep, this one comes in a liter, and it’s ridiculously delicious.
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