2018 MATTHIASSON GSM, Helen's Gate Vineyard
Helen's Gate Vineyard
Our Grenache/Syrah/Mouvedre is a celebration of the elegant and earthy side of this classic blend. The old conception of this perfect union of grapes is that the Syrah is the “skin,” the Grenache is the “flesh,” and the Mourvedre is the “skeleton.” Ancient wisdom, still true. The wine is co-fermented, so we don’t have exact percentages of the blend, but it is roughly one-third Grenache, one-third Syrah, and one-third Mourvedre.
The Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre is earthy, with dark plum, blackberry, tar, and black pepper. It has gorgeous tannins and texture.
The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, and since it was also never racked, a slight cloudiness and natural yeasty deposit is normal.
The Helen’s Gate Vineyard is the home of Arthur Berliner and Marian Lever. It sits on an east-facing hill along Whitehall Lane in the Rutherford District of Napa Valley. We planted the vines in 2009. The Vineyard is organically managed, with all farming done by hand (no tractors). The vines are surrounded by Marian’s riotous plantings of flowers and fruit trees.