Phoenix Vineyard
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 70



Phoenix Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • 35-year-old hillside vineyard, farmed by hand, no tractors, no chemicals
  • Ancient shale soils of marine origin contribute acidity, structure and freshness
  • Small-lot open-top fermentation with native yeasts, hand punch-downs and no temperature control
  • Red fruits, spice, deep savory characters, old-school rustic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

In 2017 we had the honor and luck of acquiring and resurrecting the old Phoenix Vineyard. Our first vintage from these old vines represents a labor of love and a belief in hope and perseverance. The story these vines tell is more significant than production or profit. They teach us that an old dog doesn't need to learn new tricks, that character matters more than flash or show. Real wine from a real place is enough.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • 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; James Beard Award Nominee in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

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.

The Capital Grille

1000 Darden Center Drive
Orlando  FL  32837


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Matthiasson 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Phoenix Vineyard 23
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