The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc, we heart you.
Over the past 14 years, our family has been on a search for the most unique vineyard parcels throughout Washington State. Working closely with the teams who manage them, we set sustainable growing practices to craft distinct wines from these incredible sites. Each year the work is rigorous. But, when everything comes together (the weather, the harvest, the fermentation, the blending), the resulting wines can be sublime. It’s what keeps us coming back every year. Our pursuit of Sauvignon Blanc, for us, borderlines on an obsession. We are thrilled to release our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc.
Our Sauvignon Blancs are fermented in both stainless steel tanks and small concrete eggs, to help preserve the natural vibrance of this wonderful grape. Here are several scenes from last year's harvest, as the vineyards were being hand-harvested, and hand-sorted within the winery.
Previous Praise for the 2018:
“Editor’s Choice. This wine is a blend of fruit from Laura Lee Vineyard on the Royal Slope and Boushey in Yakima Valley. There's no mistaking the variety, with its vibrant aromas of citrus zest, fresh herb, kiwi and white and pink grapefruit, with intriguing mineral notes throughout. The kiwi and tropical and citrus flavors play perfectly off one another, with the palate bringing a sense of volume and length. It has a big-time yum factor.”
The 2019 Vintage
The 2019 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc was crafted using Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from select vineyards in Washington State, located on the Royal Slope of the Columbia Valley and the southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Mountains of the Yakima Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the fruit was hand-harvested in the early mornings between September 4th and 25th. Upon arriving at the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted and both whole cluster and destemmed pressed. It was then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks (93%) and French oak barrels (7%) before being bottled and released. Only 1,450 cases were produced.
Labeled AVA: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: Bacchus, Stillwater Creek, Laura Lee, La Reyna Blanca, Boushey
Case Production: 1,450
Varietal Composition: 93% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Sémillon
Vinification: Fermented in 93% stainless steel and 7% French oak barrels. Aged for 8 months in stainless steel tanks.
When to Drink: Now-2022
Retail Price: $24
Wine Club Price: $19
"Intense aromatics of lemon drop, lime peel, honeycomb, honeysuckle blossoms, as well as a chalky minerality. Swirling adds peach pit and lychee with wafting green notes of gooseberry and fragrant fresh herbs. The palate has great polish and weight with a touch more fruit sweetness than the nose suggests. Finishes classically dry and pithy with some mineral nuance that makes it irresistible."