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.
Our Syrah is never going to be the pure fruit bomb that many other producers make; we aim to retain a certain amount of freshness regardless of how ripe the vintage is, giving you a more balanced and elegant wine with plenty of show.
The 2009 Columbia Valley Syrah was born out of a very hot vintage. Those late temperature spikes caused fruit to ripen extremely quickly, giving us much more aromatic show than we usually get. The fruit in this wine is more pronounced and fleshier. The usual meaty character that normally provides a rich backbone to the high-toned fruit is slightly diminished due to the ripeness. The purity of the fruit in this wine almost eliminates the need for anything else, but with hints of flowers and cracked pepper, it has secondary tones to keep you intrigued while wandering through the massive layers of fruit.
19 Months in New and Used French Oak
Deep blue-tinted garnet in color, the nose exhibits rich plum and black currant tones with a dash of floral pepper. A lingering note of citrus oil follows, along with a mixture of wild berries. With a little time, the scent of softer strawberry fruit also rises from the glass. This wine has layer upon layer of ripe fruit, more evocative of perfume than a typical Syrah. The palate is tight yet seamless, with fantastic acidity. Rich, dense, fresh and balanced, this wine is wonderful when decanted young. But it will definitely develop added depth and complexity over the next 6 to 8 years of aging.