2017 Claret

The 2017 Matthews Claret comes from a several small vineyard parcels within three AVAs: Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and the Columbia Valley. Harvested by hand in the early morning between September 8th - October 31st, it was then 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 22nd, 2019.

Bottle: $34

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"Lots of crushed blueberries with chocolate and hints of vanilla. Medium to full body. Creamy tannins. Flavorful finish. Opulent, yummy and plush. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. Drink or hold."

91 points - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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.

Scores & Reviews

"The 2017 Claret is a more value-priced release and is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged 18 months in 57% new French oak. Bright mulberry, Bing cherry, exotic flowers, and bouquet garni notes give way to a medium-bodied, plump, beautifully balanced red that has ample upfront charm and richness as well as classic Cabernet style."
90 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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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