In 2011, Steve Matthiasson began leasing the Linda Vista Vineyard. The West Oak Knoll area where he and his wife Jill live is one of the classic Chardonnay spots in Napa, going back to the 60s, when the climate here was considered too cool for full-bodied reds. The cool winds and clay soils here preserve zesty acidity and freshness, while the Napa sun provides richness and ripeness. Leasing the vineyard and farming it ourselves gave Steve the control to feel comfortable producing a challenging and iconic variety like Chardonnay, where crafting “balance” means walking a razor’s edge in a genre with such iconic examples. The vines were originally planted in 1989 by Beringer, and today are producing stellar fruit on an annual basis.
For fans of Chablis-like acidity and a clean, crisp profile, there's nothing as good as the Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay coming out of California right now.