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Staff Pick

Matthiasson "Tendu" Red Blend - 2017

Item # 36385 1L
$21.96/ Single Bottle
$263.52 $237.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson is fascinated by Italian wines. This quaffable red blend shows delicious fruit flavors and bright acidity that calls out for pizza, pasta and burgers. The liter size makes it ideal for sharing with friends over a meal.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is a beautiful Italian blend of Aglianico, Montepulciano and Barbera, organically farmed in California. The Matthiasson family is committed to sustainable agriculture and their care for the vineyards and wines is apparent on the first sip. The "Tendu" goes deep into natural wine territory, eschewing fining, filtration, and added sulphur. Ready to drink as soon as that crown cap has been popped off, there's an explosion of juicy cherry with floral undertones and bright acidity. Unabashedly chuggable. My only complaint about this wine is that it's too easy to drink! And with a liter sized bottle, that could be dangerous... Grab some friends, grab some glasses, and grab this wine!

- TI

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