Linda Vista Vineyard

Oak Knoll, Napa Valley

Chardonnay is sourced from the certified organic Linda Vista Vineyard in the West Oak Knoll area near Napa. The 25-year-old vines are farmed by Steve Matthiasson, one of the premier viticulturists of Napa. Steve considers this vineyard part of his “home ranch,” so it gets his typical meticulous attention to detail.  

Sam first connected with Steve in 2012, when he was working in a San Francisco wine shop and would regularly taste with local winemakers. Steve would come in to present the latest vintage while Sam held court, and they would end up going to tastings and dinners together. When Sam needed Chardonnay, he knew just where to go. “The Linda Vista vineyard has many hallmarks of vineyards I love,” said Sam. “Great farming and old vines with open canopy systems are the two things that I prize most of all. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with the fruit and get to examine what Napa Chardonnay can offer.”

Oakville South Station Vineyard

Oakville, Napa Valley

Complant Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Oakville South Station, which was gifted to the University of California-Davis’s Department of Viticulture and Enology in 1947. The vineyard was originally one of the holdings of H.W. Crabb, the founder of the legendary To Kalon Vineyard Company. (Its neighbor to the west, Martha’s Vineyard, was essentially ground zero for the single vineyard movement in California.) Daniel first visited the property in 1976 which he was studying with the noted Professor H.P. Olmo. The vineyard at that time was a hodgepodge of experiments and, as he puts it bluntly, a complete mess. From 1982 to 1994, while Daniel was at Dominus, he managed the property but did little to tame the chaos. 

In 2020, the department chairman at UC-Davis asked Daniel if he was interested in purchasing some fruit from the Oakville South Station. “I went to the vineyard out of a sense of nostalgia and courtesy,” he said. “Boy, was I in for a surprise. The vineyard had been replanted. It was impeccably farmed and breathtaking to behold. Every time I visit, which is about once a week, I want to lie on the soil and do dirt angels. I have never walked on vineyard soil that has the tilth of this gravelly loam. There is always a slight bounce in every step, as if the soil is a living thing (which, of course, it is). The fruit always arrives at the winery with near-perfect juice chemistry — something I have never seen from another vineyard in 50 years of winemaking.” Complaint is the first to pick Cabernet every vintage, which helps explain the freshness in every bottle of wine.