Phoenix Vineyard
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 78
Vintage: 2021


Phoenix Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Certified-organic, dry-farmed, estate grown, hand-farmed vineyard
  • Ancient sea floor shale soils on a steep east-facing hillside
  • Aging in a large foudre to capture the wine’s beautiful, high-toned aromatics
  • Old-school, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignon that carries the elusive “weight without heaviness”


The mostly volcanic Napa Valley only has one small section of ancient seabed shale soils. The wine crafted from fruit grown on our shale hillside expresses its power in the aromatics and length rather than in the mid-palate, which is why we age our organically farmed Phoenix Vineyard in large oak foudres rather than in small oak barrels, treating it like Barolo in Napa Valley. It is a unique wine of place that truly embodies “weight without heaviness.”

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Steve Matthiasson

Winemaker, Matthiasson

Winemaker, Steve Matthiasson

Years of working with different wineries on the vineyard side of the business has helped me understand the relationship between viticulture and wine. After a decade of exploring making wine from different grape varieties, vineyard sites, and farming techniques I started making our Matthiasson wines in 2003. I strive to make wines that are ripe and powerful yet food friendly and moderate in alcohol. We grow traditional Napa varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay as well as less common varieties such as Ribolla Gialla and Cabernet Franc.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. Philosophy, Whittier College
M.S. Horticulture, University of California, Davis

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Winemaker of the Year, Food & Wine Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle; Six-Time James Beard Award Nominee, Slow Wine Snail.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our philosophy is to focus entirely on the vineyard, growing grapes that naturally make balanced age-worthy wines which complement food and require a minimum of intervention in the cellar.

Winery Distribution

Matthiasson is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Matthiasson Contact: Dan Blakely

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