Month: August 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: 2017 Winemaker of the Year

August 2018

How to describe Dan Petroski’s Massican wines? They’re from California, but somehow don’t taste like it. Ostensibly they’re modeled on the wines of Friuli, in northern Italy, but they don’t taste quite Italian either. The Massican wines are white wines. They’re crisp wines, high in acid. They’re fresh – neither […]

Wine Enthusiast: 2017 Reviews

August 2018

Massican “Annia” – 94 Points. This is a refreshingly stunning blend of 55% Ribolla Gialla, 39% Tocai Friulano and 6% Chardonnay, the latter (from Hyde Vineyard) finding unexpected companionship with its Napa-grown Italian counterparts. Waxy and floral, it tastes of green apple and white peach with a plush midpalate and […]

Podcast: Cru, Stories from the People Behind the Wine.

August 2018

How to Achieve Quality and Consistency Over Time with Dan Petroski. After a decade long career in publishing for Time Inc., Dan Petroski got a harvest internship in Italy, booked a flight and didn’t look back. For the next year, he would live as a local in his adopted home […]

Terroir Review: 2017 Reviews

August 2018

2017 “Hyde” Chardonnay – Massican winemaker Dan Petroski sources Chardonnay for his bottling from the Hyde Vineyard in cool Carneros. In 2017 he harvested the fruit at 22.4° Brix and barrel-fermented it in 100 percent new French oak. But he doesn’t let the wine go through malolactic fermentation, so the […]