2017 Claret

The 2017 Matthews Claret comes from a several small vineyard parcels within three AVA’s: Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and the Columbia Valley. Harvested by hand in the early morning between September 8th - October 31st. It was hand-sorted and fermented in the winery using both stainless steel (70%) and Concrete tanks (30%). The free-run wine was cellared in new French oak (45% new) for 18 months. Evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team, only 81 barrels were ultimately selected to be blended, and finally bottled on April, 22rd, 2019.

Bottle: $34

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Tasting Notes

Muddled ripe strawberry and raspberry puree, mixed with currants and black tea. Swirling adds sweetness, spice, vanilla bean and an intoxicating note of fresh berries and cream. The palate is ripe and showy with juicy tannins and a mouthwatering finish. Youthfully exciting while still being accessible.

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Lawrence Solaksen, Lawrence Scarline, Dionysus, Bacchus, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain Vineyard, Angelas, Quintessence, Shaw 32, Canyons, Pepper Bridge

Varietal Composition:

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot

Vinification:

Fermented in 70% stainless steel, 30% concrete tanks. Aged for 18 months in 45% New French oak.

Alcohol:

14.3%

Cases Produced:

1,990

Drinkability:

Now-2025

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