2005 Matrix Chardonnay Stuhlmuller Vineyard
Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 89

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $20.00 (Winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Matrix is a new operation on Westside Road along the Russian River, taking over the old Rabbit Ridge facility. It is owned by the same people who own Mazzacco, and I understand will be used basically as a label for the top-line Mazzacco production. For some reason (inventory cleanup?) they are selling this excellent Chardonnay for a song - $150 by the case in a recent sale. It is a full-bodied, satifyingly delicious Chardonnay with plenty of bracing acidity to keep it fresh. Layers of spicy tropical fruit flavors, including citrus oil, pear, banana, cocunut. A good deal at $20, a steal at $12.50. - HK 2008-01-18

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