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.
Matthews original intent on getting into the wine business was to create a flagship Bordeaux blend. The Red Wine has always been a benchmark in Washington state and beyond. Consistently using all five Bordeaux varietals. Matthews has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon driven wines with all of the power and elegance that made the Paulliac and St. Estephe regions famous, with the added intensity of Columbia Valley fruit.
Upon arrival in the cellar, each of the vineyard lots and grape varietals are kept separate during fermentation. Each lot is then pressed into 100% new French oak for maturing. During the 18 to 20 months of aging, the wine is closely monitored in the lab and evaluated every two weeks by our Winemaker. As bottling time approaches, lots may be blended according to what will complement the final wine. By the end of barrel aging, only the best lots are added into the final blend.
The color is deep ruby with a blue hue to the meniscus. Although youthful at present, the nose offers ripe blueberry, coffee and vanillin with intense complexity. On the pallet the wine begins with an intense attack leading to a lush, cassis and mineralized mid-pallet. The finish is lengthy but balanced both by moderately firm tannin and low acidity.
Dark in color and flavor, focusing its blackberry and currant flavors on a lean frame, shading it all with firm tannins and a hint of gaminess on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2002. 1,300 cases made. –HS