2016 ClaretClaret is the traditionally used term in Britain for a wine from Bordeaux. Matthews Claret is a consistent stunner and the “go-to” wine for many who enjoy Washington State’s homage to the wines of Bordeaux, a classic “Claret.” Utilizing a state-of-the-art facility and selective blending of all five red Bordeaux varietals allows us to produce this balanced and approachable wine that pairs equally well with haut cuisine or your backyard barbeque.
"The 2016 Claret is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 1 % Malbec that was brought up in 45% new French oak. It has good amounts of cherry and currant fruits as well as notes of spice, cedar, and white flowers, medium body, no hard edges, and incredible charm and texture. It's already drinking nicely but I suspect it will keep for 7-8 years, if not longer."
90 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
Additional Information about this vintage
Fermentation 68% Stainless Steel, 32% Concrete Tanks
Harvest The fruit for our Claret, like all of Matthews wines, is picked at first light when temperatures are cooler. We keep yields low to ensure even ripeness. Grapes are hand-sorted at the vineyard and shipped to the winery early in the morning, in refrigerated trucks.
2016 Vintage Weather A long growing season with favorable weather provided excellent fruit in 2016. The extended season allowed the grapes in Washington State to ripen slowly, producing a balanced, fresh and approachable vintage.
Drinking / food suggestions Although Matthews Claret is purposefully food-friendly, and lends itself to all sorts of food pairings, from the casual lunch to an elegant multicourse dinner, the 2016 has enough richness and density to stand up to grilled meats, such as steak and lamb.