The Wines

The Wines

'Bordeaux Inspired, Washington Crafted'

Sauvignon Blanc still

2004 2007 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc

This wine shows pretty citrus and ripe pear aromas along with notes of tropical fruit and sweet hay. Highly concentrated and expressive, this Sauvignon Blanc is bright and lively in the mouth. The excellent varietal character was retained during production by cool fermentation at 55 degrees in stainless steel.

A Sancerre inspired Sauvignon Blanc, with a bright nose of stone, honeysuckle, grapefruit, a bit of key lime and a slightly floral character. A light palette presence that is crisp, clean with great mineralogy and a soft lingering finish.

Up front a mild yellow tropical fruit mixed with grapefruit and honeydew melon and an undercurrent of herbs and a dried grass. Swirling brings up pebbles, citrus, herbs and a sweeter melon and a hint of peach core. The palate is round and crisp with enough acid and structure to balance the plump melon and citrus fruit.

Pineapple, hints of guava, gooseberry and grapefruit. A mineral tone wanders through giving the wine more depth. Swirling brings up stone fruits to accent the citrus and floral tones. The palate is intense and textured with lots of tropical fruit and citrus zest. Ripe and chewy; with a mouthwatering finish.

Grapefruit, pineapple core, honeydew melon hide secondary notes of chalk, honeycomb, musky tropical spice and guava. The palate is big, ripe and polished showcasing sheer ripeness and intensity.

Pineapple, yellow guava with citrus and grapefruit rind. A big, rich tropical style with fruit musk and spicy citrus notes. The palate is dense but more restrained than the nose.

This wine is rich but bracing. Ripe and chewy in your mouth, with plenty of bright acidity on the finish. Expect lots of tropical notes—pineapple, guava, mango, grapefruit—with a touch of lime or creamy lemon. Look deeper and you’ll find notes of honeysuckle flower and some minerality, like rain-wet slate. Subtle notes of green grass, pear, toffee and fennel create a surprisingly complex bouquet, but they don’t prevent this from being an easy wine for anyone to love. Like summer, it is beautiful but fleeting. Enjoy this wine in its first, second or possibly third summer, while the volume and fruit are at their peak.

This wine is rich but bracing. Ripe and chewy in your mouth, with plenty of bright acidity on the finish. Expect lots of tropical notes—pineapple, guava, mango, grapefruit—with a touch of lime or creamy lemon. Look deeper and you’ll find notes of honeysuckle flower and some minerality, like rain-wet slate. Subtle notes of green grass, pear, toffee and fennel create a surprisingly complex bouquet, but they don’t prevent this from being an easy wine for anyone to love. Like summer, it is beautiful but fleeting. Enjoy this wine in its first, second or possibly third summer, while the volume and fruit are at their peak.

This wine is rich but bracing. Ripe and chewy in your mouth, with plenty of bright acidity on the finish. Expect lots of tropical notes—pineapple, guava, mango, grapefruit—with a touch of lime or creamy lemon. Look deeper and you’ll find notes of honeysuckle flower and some minerality, like rain-wet slate. Subtle notes of green grass, pear, toffee and fennel create a surprisingly complex bouquet, but they don’t prevent this from being an easy wine for anyone to love. Like summer, it is beautiful but fleeting. Enjoy this wine in its first, second or possibly third summer, while the volume and fruit are at their peak.

Reserve Sauvignon Blanc still

2016 2017 Matthews Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

The Reserve is a blend of fruit from Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope. Boushey provides the freshness, with lower sugar levels and terrific aromatic complexity. Stillwater brings a more viscous mouthfeel with a tropical burst of green guava and passionfruit. Together, they deliver a multi-layered wine that balances fresh fruit and bright acidity, delivering a crisper, greener profile.

Sauvignon Blanc is the quintessential Bordeaux white, and our source for this varietal in the Yakima Valley provides the quality of fruit that allows us to create our Matthews “Reserve” Sauvignon Blanc. To create this Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, we work with precision to ensure these flavors are balanced and accentuated. Explosive aromatics are met with a mouthfeel that is complex and textured. This wine grows in depth from the bouquet to the first sip, and it will continue to develop for years to come.

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Rosé still

2016 2017 Matthews Rosé

The rich aromatic profile belies a crisp taste and bone-dry finish. It’s a casual wine with a surprising amount of character. The lower alcohol adds to its sweet plushness, and brings out notes of nectarine and white peach that are perfectly balanced with the green herbaceousness and subtle minerality that is characteristic of Cabernet Franc. There is a lightness, both in color and taste, but this rose has layers... be ready.

The 2017 Matthews Rosé is 100% Cabernet Franc, a combination of clones 623 and 327. The Cabernet Franc for this rosé comes exclusively from the Sol Aksents Vineyard on the Royal Slope. Sol Aksents means “sun access” in Norwegian, and it is so named because the rows were deliberately planted off the traditional north/south axis in order to align them perfectly with the sun’s transit and protect the vines from the midday heat, which can hasten the ripening process.

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Cuvée still

2016 Matthews Cuvée

With its fresher acidity, brighter flavors and more floral aromatics, the Matthews Cuvée is a blend that is crafted for early (and frequent) consumption. Vibrant, yet structured, with a very food friendly profile, this wine follows Matthews’ style with classic restraint, good freshness and a pleasant structure. This wine has tremendous drinkability.

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Claret still

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Matthews Claret

The lots selected for the Matthews Claret resulted in a wine that is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blended in January, the wine was then placed in French Oak barrels. 30% of this Oak was new, with the other 70% having been used once to produce the Yakima Valley Red Wine. Following 16 months in barrels, this wine was bottled unfiltered.

Richly laced with spiced cherry and a floral richness. Bright and racy this has a midpalate bursting with red currant, red plum and tobacco. The tannins melt away softly leaving a pleasurable mid-weight bordeaux styled blend behind.

In the true bordelaise tradition, we also make Claret, a wine from declassified lots that are styled for more immediate consumption. Very dark in color, with intense fruit extraction and velvety long finish.

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, with volume and the traditional silky approachability of past Clarets, while at the same time taking the density up a notch.

True Claret, with the blended complexity of a traditional Bordeaux and the elegance and mouth feel of a less complicated wine. A nose of bright red currant, bing cherries, plum jam, and ripe figs. Wonderfully ripe fruit balanced with some tight structure on the nose with toasted bread and nutmeg. An open textured mid palette with a mildly structured finish.

Deeply colored, dark garnet to the rim. A super ripe nose of currants, blackberries, black cherry and plum, licorice, caramel and spice in the background with a hint of vanilla bean. This wine is thick and rich, with super-fine mouth coating tannins and the texture of fine dark chocolate on the finish. This is certainly a Claret we have never seen before

Ripe plums and black currants, set against a background of wild berries and intermingled with dark spices and dark chocolate. A rich, brooding wine. Exposure to a bit of air opens up the fruit and adds a pleasing youthful fleshiness, with a lacing of dried herbs. The palate is dense, round and polished.

Deep garnet in color, with notes of plums, currants and dried strawberries buffered by vanilla bean and smoky oak. Swirling brings up ripe, textured black fruit, with a beautiful nose that shows balance and purity. The palate is luscious and forward but balanced by great tannins and acidity. 2009 is a wonderful vintage showing both ripeness and freshness.

Red currants, dried strawberry, plum skin and vanilla bean mixed with dark spices. A swirl brings up plum jam, strawberries and a light caramel spice. The palate is long and incredibly polished with some dark spice resonating and freshness and fine tannin keeping the wine taut and focused. This is probably the most age worthy Claret we have produced.

Elegant mixture of currants, strawberries and spice. Plums and plum skin weave underneath giving great depth. Red flowers creep in creating a soft plushness to the profile. The palate is round and soft with great texture and presence. Hints of chocolate and red berries resonate at the finish. Extremely silky and polished.

Sappy currants, plum skin and dark spices. The nose is rich but fresh with notes of dried red berries mixed with blackberry and plum jam. The palate has volume but shows good density and has more of a Cabernet driven tannin profile, giving the wine great composure and balance.

With the Claret you get more complexity, more fruit, more texture—a little bit more of everything—than you might expect from a wine at this price point. It’s a gently oaked, medium-full bodied wine with great texture and a long, graceful finish. The flavor profile is classic, approachable, and incredibly consistent year after year. Expect to taste plenty of ripe fruit—plum, currant, blackberry, strawberry—with hints of vanilla, clove and tobacco. This wine is designed to be drinkable, now and well into its teenage years.

With the Claret you get more complexity, more fruit, more texture—a little bit more of everything—than you might expect from a wine at this price point. It’s a gently oaked, medium-full bodied wine with great texture and a long, graceful finish. The flavor profile is classic, approachable, and incredibly consistent year after year. Expect to taste plenty of ripe fruit—plum, currant, blackberry, strawberry—with hints of vanilla, clove and tobacco. This wine is designed to be drinkable, now and well into its teenage years.

Matthews Claret is a consistent stunner and a "go-to" wine for many who enjoy Washington State's homage to the wines of Bordeaux. Utilizing a state-of-the-art facility and selective blending of all five red Bordeaux varietals produces a classic wine that pairs equally well with haut cuisine or your backyard BBQ.

Reserve Claret still

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Matthews Reserve Claret

From the beginning, the 1999 harvest has proved to be one of our most successful. As ripening progressed, our top vineyards started showing tremendous potential. The consistent ripening period gave great depth and color to the finished wine with an amazing amount of complexity. Even before this wine was allowed to spend time in the new French oak barrels, it showed good balance and richness.

The 2000 Yakima Valley vintage is a premium Bordeaux style blend. It is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. The grapes are mostly from vineyards on Red Mountain including Chandler Reach, Snipes Canyon, Portteus, Hedges Vineyard, Elerding, Ciel du Cheval and Sheridan Vineyard.

A nose of rich, dark fruits, currant, mild vanilla bean, exotic spices with subtle, caramelized notes from the new French oak. A fragrant, pretty, herbal character that provides layers of expression. The Merlot is pronounced on the nose and on the palate, providing a polished, almost seamless mouth feel. An elegant wine, held together with great acidity.

A ripe, brooding, rich wine with a nose of pure caramel from the new French Oak, perfectly integrated with the ripe blueberry and cassis. A wine dominated by an obviously superb Cabernet Sauvignon with a hint of vanilla extract. This is a thick, textured wine, with a long, lingering finish and satin ripe tannins. How a great Washington Cabernet should taste.

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot-Super dark in color with an intense, glass filling nose of roasted coffee and blackberry. The first sip fills the palate with a velvety texture and an elegant balance of all components. The finish is lengthy and soft, lasting for more than two minutes.

Sweet currant fruit, vanilla bean and spice box. A whiff of smoke and plum skin lead to a torrent of ripe black fruit when swirled. A hint of herbs mixed with cocoa nibs before an expansive and polished palate. This has taut structure but is fresh and vibrant with fine tannins. A classy Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a long life ahead.

A bright and complex mixture of black cherries, currants, plum reduction and beautiful baking spices. It has a floral undertone weaving throughout; reminiscent of dried berry potpourri. Swirling adds richness and weight with darker blue and black fruits. The palate is balanced and impeccably textured with fine tannins, good freshness.

The flavor profile of the Reserve Claret is complex, ripe, and balanced. It is a harmony of ripe fruit and rich, savory notes. This is a wine that is designed to thrill, but not to overwhelm. If you like the Claret, expect something similar only more... more intensity, more texture, more detail... tannins that are slightly softer and finer. Look for strong, brooding flavors of Bing cherry, black currant, plum, vanilla and dark berries, with notes of cassis, tobacco, leafy herbs, spring flowers, licorice and chalkboard dust. It is incredibly drinkable on release, but it promises to age gracefully, gaining complexity and detail for years—even decades—to come. Enjoy it, but save some... it’ll be worth the wait.

The flavor profile of the Reserve Claret is complex, ripe, and balanced. It is a harmony of ripe fruit and rich, savory notes. This is a wine that is designed to thrill, but not to overwhelm. If you like the Claret, expect something similar only more... more intensity, more texture, more detail... tannins that are slightly softer and finer. Look for strong, brooding flavors of Bing cherry, black currant, plum, vanilla and dark berries, with notes of cassis, tobacco, leafy herbs, spring flowers, licorice and chalkboard dust. It is incredibly drinkable on release, but it promises to age gracefully, gaining complexity and detail for years—even decades—to come. Enjoy it, but save some... it’ll be worth the wait.

The flavor profile of the Reserve Claret is complex, ripe, and balanced. It is a harmony of ripe fruit and rich, savory notes. This is a wine that is designed to thrill, but not to overwhelm. If you like the Claret, expect something similar only more... more intensity, more texture, more detail... tannins that are slightly softer and finer. Look for strong, brooding flavors of Bing cherry, black currant, plum, vanilla and dark berries, with notes of cassis, tobacco, leafy herbs, spring flowers, licorice and chalkboard dust. It is incredibly drinkable on release, but it promises to age gracefully, gaining complexity and detail for years—even decades—to come. Enjoy it, but save some... it’ll be worth the wait.

The Reserve Claret is the flagship of wines Matthews produces. Our goal is to produce the highest intensity of flavor and mouthfeel, while retaining elegance. It truly is a marriage of old-world finesse and the fruit-driven lusciousness of new world wines. The Reserve Claret will become even more refined with age, but is wonderfully enticing in its youth.

Merlot still

2013 2014 2015 Matthews Merlot

The Matthews Merlot presents with smoky blue and black fruit—plum, blackberry, blueberry—with a resinous, almost leathery undertone. We love to bring out the darker, more brooding side of Merlot, and balance it with the touch of graphite, chocolate and green aromatics from the Cab Franc. This wine has understated tannins and a silky, sensuous texture. It’s too easy to drink, but impossible not to think about. We set out to create a wine that delivers early drinkability, but will continue to show well for 12 years at least, and remain beautifully drinkable through 20 or more.

The Matthews Merlot presents with smoky blue and black fruit—plum, blackberry, blueberry—with a resinous, almost leathery undertone. We love to bring out the darker, more brooding side of Merlot, and balance it with the touch of graphite, chocolate and green aromatics from the Cab Franc. This wine has understated tannins and a silky, sensuous texture. It’s too easy to drink, but impossible not to think about. We set out to create a wine that delivers early drinkability, but will continue to show well for 12 years at least, and remain beautifully drinkable through 20 or more.

This Bordeaux inspired blend is seductive, velvety and loaded with personality. Merlot leads, Cab Franc follows, and Cabernet Sauvignon fills in any tiny gaps that are left. This is a thinker’s wine—deep, complex, but less in your face than its cab-led sibling. In the Matthews style, it delivers a lot of power and concentration, but with more nuance than you might expect from new world blends. In Bordeaux, the Merlot-led right bank blends are revered for their nuance. Washington Merlot shares many similarities with the French tradition—more so than with California even—but we’re not striving to copy Bordeaux or Pomerol. We’d rather to pay homage to it while celebrating a grape that is too often (and unfairly) maligned in the new world. This is truly one of the world’s most classic blending styles, with each varietal providing the one small thing that the others are missing to create a remarkably balanced, complex and approachable wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon still

1992 1994 1997 2008 2013 2014 2015 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

This wine has an earth driven nose of wood spice and petrol. The palette is well balanced with bold, ripe fruits, and currants. The lush and lingering finish completes this wine.

This is a big, opulent wine that presents with a deep ruby color and loads of ripe black fruit—Cassis, cherry, currant and plum skin. The barrel notes are not subtle either, with tobacco, truffles, and cedar coming through on both the nose and palate. But despite all that show, it’s a very composed wine. When contrasted with the sultry, contemplative Matthews Merlot—a right bank inspired Bordeaux blend—the Cabernet is powerful and showy, but still easy to approach and easy to drink. This wine will hit its prime drinking window at around 5 years and continue to show in its youthful form through 12 or even 14 years.

This is a big, opulent wine that presents with a deep ruby color and loads of ripe black fruit—Cassis, cherry, currant and plum skin. The barrel notes are not subtle either, with tobacco, truffles, and cedar coming through on both the nose and palate. But despite all that show, it’s a very composed wine. When contrasted with the sultry, contemplative Matthews Merlot—a right bank inspired Bordeaux blend—the Cabernet is powerful and showy, but still easy to approach and easy to drink. This wine will hit its prime drinking window at around 5 years and continue to show in its youthful form through 12 or even 14 years.

Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon is a Washington-born nod to the classic left bank blends of Bordeaux and Medoc. An incredibly selective blending process allows us to produce a wine that is structured, but remarkably balanced. Simultaneously elegant and fun, you can think of this as a wine that looks flawless in a tux, but isn’t afraid to loosen the tie, roll up the sleeves, and throw down on the dance floor. Cabernet Sauvignon leads the way, with Cabernet Franc and a touch of Merlot rounding out the blend and smoothing any rough edges. Beautiful, explosive aromatics announce the wine before you even pour it, and that opulence is replicated in the dense, vibrant mouthfeel. This is a really fun wine to drink, but it won’t beat you up with too much tannin. Bordeaux-style blends are famously terroir driven, and ours is no exception. Cabernet loves to grow in Washington, where our arid climate, large temperature swings and long growing seasons give us the powerfully ripe fruit you’d expect from California, with more of the balance, complexity and freshness you’d expect from a French blend. Matthews Cabernet, in particular, is characterized by its intense spice, silky texture and excellent transitions.

Blackboard Red Wine still

2012 2013 2015 2016 Blackboard Red Wine

The Blackboard label is reminiscent of the school blackboards with white chalk writing. A portion of the Blackboard wine proceeds will be used to support local, national, and international educational charities. This wine is composed of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah.

Bright and intense with spring flowers, spice, blackberries, and a hint of vanilla bean. The palate is dense, with black fruits, a firm tannin and great freshness.

A fruit forward wine meant for early drinking pleasure with soft tannins and surprising complexity.

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