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ONCE & FUTURE MATARO, OAKLEY ROAD VINEYARD, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY 2016
NVWE Notes: Legendary winemaker Joel Peterson has crafted an elegant and age-worthy wine from these ancient vines. The nose is deep and seductively rich, and black cherry, Italian Maraschino cherry, blueberry syrup, black plum, licorice root, roasted beet, bouillon, toasted herbs, mulling-spice, dark earth and forest mushroom scents gradually fan-out. It is forthcoming, rich in body, darkly fruity and herbal-accented on the palate, where dark earthy impressions, black tea, forest mushroom, bouillon, roasted beet and mace flavors support others of dark plum, blueberry, dark cherry galette, licorice root, mace and peppercorn. The finish is supple, long and gently zesty, with tannic grip well suppressed. Built for prime rib, steaks, full-flavored stews and the like, it will grow ever more intriguing over the next four to eight years. 250 cases produced.
From vines planted in the 1890s, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Mataro Oakley Road Vineyard has a gorgeous nose of raspberry preserves, kirsch and baked plums with hints of baking spices, tar and mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied, it has a wonderfully plush texture and great freshness supporting the baked berry layers, finishing on a spicy note. 250 cases produced.