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Matzinger-Davies Wine Company

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company 2018 Gorgeous Grenache

She's Paying It Forward

Anna Matzinger is co-owner and winemaker for the Matzinger Davies Wine Company, a small family brand founded in 2006 with her Kiwi husband Michael Davies (REX HILL, A to Z), specializing in small lot Pinot noir and Chardonnay from the north Willamette Valley and single site Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache from the Columbia River Gorge. Arriving to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for the harvest of 1999 from Idaho by way of California, Australia and New Zealand with the hopes of making some of the world’s finest Pinot noir, Anna’s path led to a 14-year stretch at Archery Summit where she rose to winemaker and general manager, garnering numerous accolades and helping steward and nurture both winery and brand in their growth and distinction as a producer of world class wines. In 2014 Anna began consulting for several Oregon wineries and deeply enjoys the pursuit of helping to bring voice to client’s wines through connecting site and process with the people who make them.

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company, McMinnville, Oregon
2018 Gorgeous Grenache

The 2018 Gorgeous Grenache is a blue note wine with black and orange and green. The berries are blue with huckleberry and violets too. Black salt licorice, elderberry, and walnut skin. Dark cocoa hits blood orange and orange pekoe tea with a nod to bay leaf, spring willow bark and lime lighted Mojito. Lots going on here in a fleshy savory saline way. It's textural and rich with both a density and bounce. An olive pit edge with a finish of sassafras in your gingersnaps.

This Grenache comes from Garnier Vineyard just outside the town of Mosier, Oregon on the banks of the Columbia River in the Columbia Gorge. Wrought by the work of this regions dramatic geologic history, the soil here is a shallow sandy loam with basalt protrusions and produces lively, energetic wines with distinction and personality.

Vineyard: Garnier Vineyard AVA: Columbia Gorge Soil: Sandy Loam with Basalt Protrusions Harvest: October 5th, 2018 Winemaking: 25% whole cluster fermentation 17 months in neutral oak Finish Chemistry: 14.2% alc, 5.1 g/L TA and 3.72pH

A Cellar 503 selection in March 2024, Women in Wine Columbia Gorge | Grenache