Matrix Winery

Owner(s) Diane Wilson, Ken Wilson
Web site www.matrixwinery.com
 
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Matrix Winery

Proprietors Ken and Diane Wilson founded Matrix Winery in 1986. The Wilsons source multiple varieties from the winery's estate vineyards as well as other premium vineyards. The Wilsons are dedicated winegrowers whose vineyards are farmed sustainably and in 2007, the Wilson family received both the Bay Area Green Business Award and the Sonoma County Green Business Award for environmental leadership. With the acquisition of six other wineries in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Wilsons have a mini wine empire including 400 acres of vineyards and production of nearly 30,000 cases of wine.

The winemaker is Diane Wilson whose wines have won multiple sweepstakes awards in major California wine competitions.

The Matrix tasting room at 3291 Westside Rd in Healdsburg is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00. The wines are also sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Matrix Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.60, 923 cases, $38. Sourced from Matrix Estate, Monroe Vineyards and Boschetti Vineyards. Native yeast fermentation, aged in French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very fragrant initially, with aromas of well-ripened Bing cherry and baking spice, giving way over time in the glass to oak-driven scents of smoke, cigar and woodland. Ultra ripe flavors on the palate of black cherry, boysenberry, cola and dark chocolate. Noticeably oak-infused and a bit drying with a slight sense of warmth on the sappy finish. Score: 87. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Matrix Winery R. Buoncristiani Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.60, 199 cases, $52. Vines date to 2002. Clones 115 and 777. Native yeast fermentation, aged 18 months in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The engaging nose leads off with aromas of Bing cherry and Asian 5-spice. A comforting wine on the palate with a silky texture and wellspiced flavors of dark cherry and blueberry-pomegranate. Nicely composed, with integrated tannins and an ebullient finish. Score: 92. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Matrix Winery Matrix Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.62, 248 cases, $56. Clones 667, 777 and “828.” Native yeast fermentation, aged 18 months in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined. Clones 667, 777 and “828.” A best barrel selection of wines from Nunes, R. Buoncristiani and Bacigalupi vineyards. Native yeast fermentation, aged 18 months in French oak barrels and bottled unfined. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Initial aromas of black cherry, blueberry and blackberrypomegranate give way to more oak overlay with time in the glass. Very luscious and super-ripe fruited with top notes of cola, dark chocolate, expresso and tobacco engaging the deep black cherry core. The wine is plush on the palate with submerged tannins, displaying a sense of lip warmth on the finish. Score: 88. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Matrix Winery Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.60, 199 cases, $65. A best barrel selection of wines from Nunes, R. Buoncristiani and Bacigalupi vineyards. Native yeast fermentation, aged 18 months in French oak barrels and bottled unfined. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, kirsch, vanilla and spice lead to a delicious core of fresh cherry fruit accented with baking spices. Nicely balanced with plenty of heady cherry saturating the palate and lasting through an extended finish. Much more charm and nimble character than the regular Russian River Valley bottling. Score: 90. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Matrix Winery Bacigalupi Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.58, 124 cases, $68. Vines date to 1995 and 2003. Pommard and Wente clones. Native yeast fermentation, aged in French oak barrels. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, leather, sandalwood and raisin lead to a mid weighted wine with a core of dark red cherry and berry fruits and a top note of smoky oak. Modest tannins, juicy acidity and redeeming elegance with some power on the slightly warm finish. Score: 89. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Matrix Winery R. Buoncristiani Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.60, 99 cases, $68. Vines date to 2002. A selection of the finest barrels from this vineyard. Native yeast fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Very ripe fruited profile with aromas of blueberry and blackberry, and mid weight, ultra ripe flavors of blackest cherry, blackberry and blueberry-pomegranate. A bit earthy with a mushroom note. The wine picks up interest with more nuance over time in the glass, finishing with a juicy and oak-kissed, cherry-driven finish. Score: 91. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »