Massican Wines-Napa Valley, California
Dan Petroski started his winemaking career at the famed Russian River Estate Dumol. Despite having little experience, he showed prodigious talent, and was quickly tapped to be the winemaker at Larkmead, one of Napa’s oldest estates. And while he has kept his “day” job at Larkmead, since 2009 he has been making some extraordinarily delicious white wines under the Massican label.
One of the most fortuitous trends of the last five years has been a small group of Napa producers who have collectively taken their feet off the roaring throttle that defines the region’s style: big, in your face, wines that sometimes can be just a little too much. Petroski, along with others like Steve Matthiasson & Matthew Rorick have decided to prove that mineral-driven, crisp whites with structure and balance ARE possible in Napa Valley.
Only a handful of accounts were offered these wines, and we are pleased to be among them. As with many of the newsletter wines, the quantities are limited.
2013 Massican “Annia”
This is an absolutely love white blend inspired by the mysterious and thirst quenching white wines of Friuli, Italy. It’s varietal composition is 44 % Friuliano, 36% Ribolla Gialla & 20% Chardonnay. The Friuliano comes from a 63+ year old vineyard plot in Chiles Valley, and the Ribolla Gialla comes from the late George Vare’s famous plantings. These two grapes add a bracing mineral component to the wine, which clocks in at a manageable 12.5% alcohol.
24 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2013 Massican Sauvignon Blanc
We have all had a less-than-inspiring Sauvignon Blanc from California, and we all know how fresh and wonderful they can be (Hello Sancerre!). Two stand-out Sauvignons from the region have always been Spottswoode and Araujo, and Massican’s version rivals both. Sweet citrus and classic, tart herbaceous flavors co-mingle in the glass.
36 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2013 Massican “Gemina”
Although in previous vintages this has been a blend, in 2013 this is 100% glorious Chardonnay from Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, a very famous spot for this Burgundian variety.
This Chardonnay offers the warm baked apple and pear flavors one would expect, coupled with a fine, crisp underpinning, owed to its not being pushed through a malolactic conversion.
12 BOTTLES AVAILABLE