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.
As is the case in every wine region throughout the world, you are almost expected to make the varietal that makes your local region so unique. Syrah is Washington's unique varietal, putting all other regions producing this varietal second to the range of styles and quality that is produced here.
The 2003 vintage was one of the warmest vintages in the last 10 years in the Northwest, with hot weather lasting throughout the entire summer and into September and early October. The last two weeks of October finally brought cold weather with evening temperatures dropping into the high teens. By the time cool weather came, the grapes had reached physiological ripeness and maturity.
Hedges Bel’ Villa Vineyard on the top of Red Mountain was the source of the 2003 Matthews Syrah. The vineyard continues to offer optimal drainage and sun exposure along with perfect soil composition to produce silky smooth and rich wine. This year the blend is 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. The wine was aged in 100% French oak for 14 months.
Ripe and thick is the name of the game here: Aromas are one step away from Porty, and flavors are of very ripe mulberries and blueberries. It’s thick and syrupy on the palate, and chewy on the finish, with enough fresh acidity to keep it in good balance. 175 cases produced. - W.E. (9/1/2005)