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Mat Gustafson, the former winemaker at Sebastopol-Dutton Estate Winery and current co-winemaker at Moshin Vineyards, crafts small lots of Pinot Noir and other varietals from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast under his personal label. Prior to starting his own label, he had worked for twenty years in the restaurant business and in retail sales. Along with business partner, Paul Sloan, he launched the label in 1999, but by 2001 had assumed full control and began to concentrate on Pinot Noir.
Mat sources most of his Pinot Noir grapes from the Green Valley region that surrounds Graton.
The wines are available through his mailing list and retail channels. A tasting room opened in Graton in November, 2012, open to the public Thursday through Sunday and Monday and other days by appointment. The tasting room will offer "Farm to Tasting Room" seminars that focus on educating people about the locally sourced foods available in the West Sonoma County community.
2010 Paul Mathew PM Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.54, 404 cases, $32. Released November 1, 2012. A blend of grapes from TNT, Ruxton and Horseshoe Bend vineyards which are all within a five mile area close to Occidental Road west of Sebastopol. Multiple Dijon clones. Aged 10 months in 32% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely perfume of fresh Bing cherries, sandalwood and sweet pipe tobacco smoke. Light on its feet with pleasing middleweight cherry flavor, offering well-integrate oak accents, soft tannins, but finishing a touch shallow. A well-balanced, comforting, easy to like wine. Good (+). Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Paul Mathew Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.59, 114 cases, $45. Released November 1, 2012. This vineyard was planted in 1996 in Goldridge soils. Dijon 113. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Light reddish color in the glass. The most aromatic wine in the lineup with high-spirited aromas of cherries, cranberries and rhubarb. Relatively light in weight but highly flavorful. Plenty of pinot singing in this wine with delicious spiced red plum, raspberry and cherry flavors. A bit unusual tasting in a good way. Well-rounded with supple tannins, a good cut of acidity, subtle oak in the background, and a finish that will not let go. Not as loaded as the TNT bottling, but equally satisfying. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Paul Mathew Ruxton Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.79, TA 0.56, 139 cases, $45. Released November 1, 2012. This vineyard is on the western edge of the Green Valley AVA. Goldridge soil. Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very seductive nose displaying bright aromas of dark red cherries and berries, musk and spice. On the lighter side but charming, with flavors of dark red cherries and cola, sporting supple tannins, and offering crisp acidity on the finish. A seamless wine with enough spirit and flavor to satisfy. Very good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Paul Mathew TNT Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.81, TA 0.56, 188 cases, $45. Released November 1, 2012. This Green Valley vineyard was planted in 1999 and 2000 with clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on Riparia Gloire rootstock in Goldridge soil. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of berry jam on toast. Mouth filling, hearty flavors of black cherries and black raspberries implode on the mid palate with aplomb, lingering with a cherry and sassafras driven finish that is memorable. My notes say, “This is really good.” Fine the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed December 8, 2012 ARTICLE »
2006 Paul Mathew Vineyards TNT Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., $34. Crafted by owner and winemaker Mat Gustafson. Wild yeast and MLF bacteria. · Ripe aromas and flavors of black cherries and dark red berries, herbed meats and black currants. Tasty with a good acid grip and admirable balance. Would enjoy this wine more if the fruit didn’t veer to far to the ultra ripe side. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Paul Mathew Vineyards Ruxton Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., 275 cases, $35. The Ruxton Vineyard is located on the western edge of the Green Valley appellation. A two-acre block planted on Goldridge soils with Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777 was sourced for this wine. · This sturdy beauty is marked by lush black cherry fruit from start to finish. Earth and truffle notes add interest. Integrated tannins and a long, opulent finish. Reviewed July 7, 2008 ARTICLE »
2005 Paul Matthew Vineyards Ruxton Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $30. Winemaker Mat Gustafson. · Macerated ripe strawberries and cherries, exotic woods and oak are featured in the aromas and flavors. Silky texture and admirable balance. At this point in its development, the oak trumps the fruit. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »