2016 Claret

Claret 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.

Bottle: $34

Tasting Notes

Smoked black currants, strawberry, plum skin and a hint of vanilla bean. Swirling brings up dark spice, blackberry and sandalwood. The palate is dense and ripe with great texture, sweet muddled black fruits, super fine tannins, some savory spice and a fresh lifted finish. It will age beautifully.

Wine Facts


Columbia Valley


Stillwater Creek, Dionysus, Bacchus, Hedges, Canyons, Angela’s, Red Mountain, Quintessence, Blue Mountain and Pepper Bridge.

Varietal Composition:

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


20 months in in 45% new French oak



Cases Produced:




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.

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