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 2010 Blackboard Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that is produced and sold to help benefit Education in the State of Washington. 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.
After a long and wet spring, we began 2010 around two weeks late. Warm weather during the month of May helped us move within a week of normal, but the remainder of the year was relatively mild for the Columbia Valley leading to a tremendous year for white varieties and a challenging year for red varieties grown in cooler areas. Acidity is high as a whole for the vintage, leading to wines that will age well with more perfumed aromatics and fresh vibrant palate's.
This wine was fermented 100% in stainless steel, and aged for 7 months. It was fined and sterile filtered prior to bottling.
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.