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. 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.
A relatively warm to hot year caused a small amount of concern for many of us looking at varietals ripening too quickly and not achieving developed flavor profiles. Luckily the weather cooled in September and October allowing the necessary hang time to develop optimal flavors. Should go down as one of the best vintages in recent memory judging from the wines.
The Claret is usually an easy wine to make, because the blend for the Red Wine is made first determining what the blend for the Claret is purely by elimination. The resulting wine was aged 20 months in neutral French and American oak, fined and sterile filtered before bottling.
A wine with color almost black at the center, filled with rich aromas of black currant, dark chocolate, brewed espresso and a slight creaminess. A thick wine without obtrusive tannins. A wine with volume and the traditional silky approachability of past Clarets, while at the same time taking the density up a notch. A Claret almost approaching the Estate Red Wine in weight.
The Claret is half Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four Bordeaux grapes filling in the other half, and is quite firm, sappy and muscular. It is tightly structured with cassis, black cherry and plenty of dark, tarry undertones. The herbal aspects show in some black olive and black tea flavors; the tannins are strong and supple, and the wine has a sinuous finish suggesting both strength and length. An exceptional value, this wine should age very nicely. — P.G. (12/1/2008)
Firm, with a tight grip to the berry and earth flavors that linger on the harmonious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and others. Best from 2010 through 2013. 1,206 cases made. –HS