Matt ParishWinemaker

4 months ago

Hey Angels,

I hope you are all doing great – your feedback on the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum released in December was fantastic – I really enjoyed hearing how the wine paired with family, friends and of course fare over the holidays. For those that have decided to hold the wine for some extra time in bottle I look forward to your comments and ratings in due course – the wine has plenty of capacity for ageing and will continue to evolve nicely over the coming years – my view if you are holding is to drink anytime over the next 3 to 5 years

On another topic I was just told I’m in contention for Winemaker of the Year which was very nice to hear – there is a great buzz in the Naked office around this - check out what one of the Naked staff was wearing yesterday! Campaigning for something like this is not typically my thing but if a win affords me the opportunity to add another wine to my portfolio then here it - if you haven't already please get on-line and vote for me!!! I’m told polls close this Thursday at midnight. I have plenty of ideas for new wines, but something from afar would be top of the list at the moment – a red from Spain possibly – off there in a couple of weeks to check it out.

https://us.nakedwines.com/0317-wmoty-voting-wmr

Also, I’m seeing a number posts asking about my upcoming wines so I thought I would give you a quick update on where we are at …

Over the next couple of weeks I have 3 wines bottling …. 2015 Pilot Hill Gang Red blend, 2015 Pilot Hill Gang Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. All said and done I’m really pleased with how each of these 2015 wines turned out – all are consistent in style with prior vintages and in my view are the strongest yet – the result of another great CA harvest and being able to apply my learnings and your feedback from past vintages. But of course you will be the ultimate judges! As far as timing for release I believe these wines will all come out in May or June after some bottle age, but I will give you a heads up as soon as I know for sure.

My 2015 Santa Rita Pinot Noir that bottled back in December I am told this will release in May – again similar in style but in my view a little more restrained than the last 2 vintages – less sweet dark cherry fruit and more ripe red bing cherry / raspberry – the slight change in style more the result of the 2015 growing year than anything else.

So thanks for the continued feedback and support!

Cheers for now,
Matt

17 replies... (latest reply 4 months ago)
Archangel

Hey, I recognize those finger nails! Cant wait for your releases Matt...you will allways be winemaker of the year in my eyes!

4 months ago

Archangel

All great finalists, but I voted for you, because I have had more of your wines.

4 months ago

Angel

We are looking forward to the new releases. I am very excited about the Pinot from Santa Rita Hills.... my thoughts are that AVA willl soon overtake the Russian River valley for the best quality Pinots. Looking forward to blind tastings Matt's versus Gary Farrel and Dutton ranch along with several from Oregon such as Patricia Green. and others from both of those AVAs.

What can we do to help you win winemaker of the year?

4 months ago

Angel

Thanks for the update! I appreciate being able to plan out my wine orders! I'm chomping at the bit to get that Pilot Hill Gang into my cellar!

4 months ago

Angel

Well you definitely have my vote !! The Magnum was awesome, where can we buy more?

4 months ago

Angel

Of course I voted for you!

4 months ago

Archangel

Of course, you got my vote, Matt. I love your wines and I love being an AA for you. I am saving my Magnum for Christmas--just undecided which Christmas---2017 or 2018.

4 months ago

Archangel

I would wear one of those shirts!

4 months ago

Angel

you got my vote! can't wait to see what you'll come up with.

4 months ago

Naked Staff

Quite the devoted fan you've got there!😉

4 months ago

Winemaker

Yes you are quite the star!

4 months ago

Angel

Voted your way, can't wait for more to come out. Please hurry. 😆

4 months ago

Archangel

Loved the earlier Pilot Hill Gang series and look forward to he latest releases. I completely agree that a Spanish red would be a great new effort.

4 months ago

Archangel

Nicole is that you in that T-shirt? lol

4 months ago

Naked Staff

HAHAHA!! You know it, Patty!

4 months ago

Archangel

Rocking it like a Red Head Jen P would be proud. I just pushed the button on the preorder case. Very excited. 6 Matt Cabs, 3 more of that lovely Pinot Gris from Scott and three of Rick's White Blend. That is a red and white case to die for, I was going to make a comment about not being blue (flag reference) but I think my funny button is broken today.

4 months ago

GO SPAIN!
Some of the best reds in the world, and Matt's hoping to make us some.

4 months ago

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