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Matzinger-Davies Wine Company

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company 2022 Gorgeous Savvy Sauvignon Blanc

A great place to grow kids and wine

Like a lot of moms, Anna Matzinger found herself stretched too thin. Two kids, a full-time job (as winemaker at Archery Summit), and trying to start a winery with her husband, Michael Davies (the winemaker at Rex Hill).

Trying to do it all wasn’t working for her or her family. So, in 2013 she left her day job to focus on her kids, Otto and Elsa, and her passion, family label Matzinger Davies Wines. And it’s working out great – both for Anna and her family; and for all of us, who get to taste the fruits of her labor.

A native of Idaho and an alum of Washington’s Evergreen State, Matzinger has worked harvests in California, France and Australia. But Oregon is home for her – and for Michael, a native of New Zealand.

Why? Because Anna believes that the collaborative, supportive nature of the Oregon wine community is exactly where she wants to make wine – and raise her kids. Aren’t we lucky?

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Matzinger-Davies Wine Company, McMinnville, Oregon
2022 Gorgeous Savvy Sauvignon Blanc

Anna and Michael’s Gorgeous Savvy Sauvignon Blanc is just that: gorgeous. This wine is all about freshness is one of those wines that makes you think while you’re drinking it. Is that kumquat marmalade? Or mango and lime zest?

The lush tropical fruit flavors are balanced with a hint of brineyness that makes this white wine mouth-wateringly satisfying. You might even detect a hint of the guava hard candies that Anna loves. This is a surprisingly rich wine — but without any oak influence, the fruit and racy acidity shine through.

The grapes come from the Garnier Vineyard just outside the town of Mosier, Oregon on the banks of the mighty Columbia River in the Columbia Gorge AVA. Portions of the grapes were fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, neutral oak barrels, and an egg-shaped concrete tank. (Concrete is a decade-old approach in the US, promising the textural depth of oak and the precision of stainless. Anna Matzinger’s a fan, calling the concrete egg “something magical.”)

A Cellar 503 selection in April 2023, Wines We Love Columbia Gorge | Sauvignon Blanc