VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Proprietors Ken and Diane Wilson founded Matrix Winery in 1986. The Wilsons source multiple varieties from the winery's 280 acres of estate vineyards on the edges of western Dry Creek Valley. The 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 Jepson Winery in Mendocino County in 2009, the Wilsons have a mini wine empire including 400 acres of vineyards, five wineries, and the production of nearly 30,000 cases of wine.
The winemaker is Antoine Favero, a French immigrant from the Champagne region who has a degree in enology from University of California at Davis who works with proprietor and winemaker Diane Wilson. The Pinot Noirs are crafted from purchased grapes and for 2007 include bottlings from the Sonoma Coast, Nunes Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and Bouncristani Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
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.
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