2016 Mataro Old Vine, Contra Costa
93 Points, Publisher's Pick, The Tasting Panel
The 2016 Mataro oozes with ripe and juicy fruit. The nose opens with a rich bouquet of decadent strawberry, candied red fruit, marshmallow, and baking spices. All of this leads to a dense, but remarkably weightless palate, that is brimming with flavors of strawberry preserves, red licorice, pepper, and Chinese five spice. This is a powerhouse wine in its prime, that has incredible purity of fruit, and seamless texture. Delicious.