Matthiason, “Tendu”, Clarksburg, Cortese, 2019


100% Cortese, more often found in the cheap and cheerful whites of Piedmont, particularly Gavi! This white originates from the Lost Slough vineyard, located on the Sacramento River Delta – a site that benefits from cool breezes and good diurnal temperature variation, meaning the grapes retain excellent freshness.

Fresh and fruity, but with a pleasant, deceptive oomph to the palate – orange peel, soft spice and stone fruits – fuzzy apricots and peaches with a hint of texture. Like all of Steve’s wines, it overdelivers, and is a delightful expression of this Italian grape.

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In 2012, the Matthiassons and their wine broker embarked on a new project to produce handcrafted, affordable natural wines under its Tendu label. The Tendu wines come in distinctive, high-shouldered, short-necked, one-liter bottles, similar to the bottles of everyday Austrian Gruner Veltliner wines.
Tendu is French for taut or tense, and the Tendu wines display body, strength, and zest. Made with grapes sourced from the less expensive Sacramento Valley, the Tendu wines are refreshingly delicious and affordable.


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