2015 Claret

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.

Bottle: $34

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"The 2015 Claret checks in as a 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot which spent 20 months in 51% new French oak. Cassis, blueberries, leafy herbs and liquid flower notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, lively, fresh, elegant blend that shines for its purity and sheer drinkability."

91 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

Tasting Notes

Plush and round, with plum, blackberry and muddled strawberry intertwined with dark spice, dried mesquite and caramelized sugar. With some air, sweet fruit and exotic spices combined with black pepper are released. The palate has volume and texture with silky tannins and complex dark fruits. Irresistible to drink now, this wine still has weight to gain. Drink now to 2025

Wine Facts

Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Dionysus, Bacchus, Weinbau, Bel'villa, Canyons, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Blue Mountain, Pepper Bridge Vineyard

Varietal Composition:

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot

Aging:

20 Months in 51% New French Oak Barrels

Alcohol:

14.4%

Cases Produced:

3,049

Drinkability:

Now-2025

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Additional Information about this vintage

Fermentation: 53% Concrete Tanks, 43% Stainless Steel Tanks

Winemaking Practices: We do the majority of our cluster sorting in the vineyard prior to harvest, which allows the fruit to arrive at the winery without need for much additional sorting. We also schedule our picks for the colder hours of the morning, to ensure the fruit arrives at the winery in the very best condition.

Vintage Notes: 2015 was a warm year, to be sure, but everything aligned in such a beautiful, synchronistic way, allowing the fruit to retain freshness despite high temperatures. Many favor this vintage as a truly great one for the Columbia Valley, producing wines with energy and vitality. We are excited about the balance captured in this vintage.

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