Given a choice between monitoring fermentations in his cellar or the progress of his vines outside, Matt Dees opts for the vines– any day of the week. That’s not to say that the winemaker gives his wines short shrift- ever.
Scroll down to see Sara Schneider’s tasting notes and scores for 11 Matt Dees wines
Dees is the winemaker, for sister Santa Barbara estates Jonata and The Hilt, in Ballard Canyon and the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills, respectively. As the wines are the telling result of the interaction between vine and soil, the real action, in his book, is where that happens. ‘Walking the vineyards and spending time with the vines – that’s the best part of my day,’ Matt says.
Matt Dees: tasting notes and scores for 11 top wines
Wines are listed in estate order, via style and score