Matthews strives to produce wines that show the incredible diversity of Washington State. From our classic Cabernet Sauvignon driven reds, to our revered Sauvignon Blanc.
The Claret for Matthews has always filled the traditional role of a second selection wine in a winery with a flagship blend. The Claret is traditionally focused more on elegance than on structure, like the Red Wine. The Claret has always been a tremendous value for our customers. Showing clean ripe fruit and a much more modest oak program, the Matthews Claret leads a segment of value driven every day wines.
In 2006, Matthews made a sharp change to their Syrah program. Our idea of what Syrah was in Washington state changed, and we began to attempt producing a Syrah more condusive to Washington State. We wanted to showcase a wine with hints of smoke followed by rich fruit, bits of game and smoked meat. We have the ability in Washington to get the dark game and smoke aromatics that are more common to cooler climate syrah, with the the texture and depth that rich fruit can bring. Our 2006 Syrah showed a move toward that direction, athough the next few vintages show continued evolution toward our original goal. Our current vintage, the 2008, has received a score of 91 points from Harvey Steinman of Wine Spectator Magazine.
A red "value" table wine blend consisting of Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Syrah and Malbec. Released in the fall of 2010, a portion of the proceeds from each bottle will benefit the Ackerley Foundation. This foundation supports the University of Washington, College of Education which provides resources to Washington schools to improve student learning and train new K-12 teachers.
Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt the most complete of all the Bordeaux varietals. Because it easily accommodates an individual winemaker's preferences, it can be vinted in so many diverse styles. Washington Cabernet is known for having plenty of acidity and structure but not a great amount of opulence, the occasional very warm, drawn out vintage notwithstanding. The Matthews 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the natural texture of the fruit, while still allowing some of that great Washington balance and structure to shine through. But only as an encore, not the main event.
Every winery has a flagship wine, and at Matthews this is it. Made almost always of the five traditional Bordeaux varietals, the Red Wine has consistently been the insiders standard for Cabernet Sauvignon based blends in Washington. The goal has always been to produce the best possible wine in every vintage, believing that the blend will always create the most complete wine. There have been vintages in which the Red Wine didn't exist- only because those vintages did not meet our rigorous standards.
It’s been a few years since this wine has been made, and if you were a fan of the full throttle nature of those previous vintages, you won’t be disappointed. This vintage gave us spectacular growing conditions for white wine, with a cool spring and a little heat in May, we were off to a fast start. The summer was mild and the heat never came giving us wines with amazing intensity. Tropical fruits mixed with grapefruit and gooseberry, thrown on top of warm yellow fruits such as peaches and nectarines; a combination you can’t resist. If you are a classic, understated white wine drinker, this wine is not for you; this is for those that demand massive waves of fruit and a palate to match. If this is you, then order your case and get ready for some fun.
This wine was inspired from the wines of the Loire. We have always admired the completeness of the Sancerre wines. The ability to create a white wine that showed more than just acidity to cut through spicy foods on a hot summer day. We liked the fact that Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre had that little bit extra. A wine that you could sit and deconstruct, or sit on your patio and enjoy. We aimed to produce a wine for the connoisseur and the consumer alike. The Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc is certainly a wine to be taken seriously. We often hear people mention they don't like Sauvignon Blanc but they certainly like this.
In any new wine program, initial inspiration often defines some of the stylistic goals. For the 2009 Matthews Estate Chardonnay, we elected to make a wine in a Burgundian fashion. Going forward, the wines produced by the Matthews Chardonnay program will gain aromatic complexity and depth over time, even as they exhibit delicate texture on the palate.
The nose is lively with lime, melon, green apple and hints of quince and a racy background of grapefruit and herbs. The palate is bright, steely and crisp, driven by bracing acidity and a lacing of minerality. The wine finishes with subtle hints of quinine and grapefruit. A small production wine for a good cause, suited to sunny summer days.