2014 Reserve Claret

The flavor profile of the Reserve Claret is complex, ripe, and balanced. It is a harmony of ripe fruit and rich, savory notes. This is a wine that is designed to thrill, but not to overwhelm. If you like the Claret, expect something similar only more... more intensity, more texture, more detail... tannins that are slightly softer and finer. Look for strong, brooding flavors of Bing cherry, black currant, plum, vanilla and dark berries, with notes of cassis, tobacco, leafy herbs, spring flowers, licorice and chalkboard dust. It is incredibly drinkable on release, but it promises to age gracefully, gaining complexity and detail for years—even decades—to come. Enjoy it, but save some... it’ll be worth the wait.

Bottle: $60

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"A step up over the straight Claret release, the 2014 Reserve Claret (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc) has more finesse and elegance, with lots of blackcurrants, plum, licorice, toasted spice and graphite aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, fresh and elegant, with terrific purity and length, it's going to keep for 15+ years. "

93 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

Smoky raspberry, spice and vanilla bean over plum skin, black currant and strawberry puree. Dense and tightly wound with impeccable purity and presence. The palate is ripe fresh with compacted tannins restraining the dark fruit. This long and elegantly compressed with hints of red berries and kola nut carrying through the finish. Allow this wine to breathe in its youth or give it a few years for full enjoyment.

Scores & Reviews

"Balanced and precise in focus, with plum and sandalwood aromas and complex currant and spice flavors that build tannins toward a polished finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023."
- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

"Bright ruby-red. Musky dark chocolate complements aromas of cassis and licorice. Like the Cabernet Sauvignon, this is densely packed but a bit youthfully compressed in the early going (Morell mentioned the rather cool maximum fermentation temperature of 80 degrees F.) But this tight, backward blend boasts terrific precision that presages a graceful evolution in bottle. And even today there's nothing hard about it. "
- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Wine Facts

Appellation::

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain Vineyard, Canyons, Bel’Villa, Pepper Bridge Vineyard

Varietal Composition:

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

Aging:

65% new 35% used French oak for 22 months

Alcohol:

15.0%

Cases Produced:

678

Drinkability:

Now-2023

Trade Materials

Additional Information about this vintage

Fermentation: 87% concrete, 13% steel

Vineyard Philosophy: The reserve doesn’t come from special vineyards or blocks, it’s simply the most select juice from the same vineyards that have become the backbone of the Matthews program. This is the essence of our winery, exceptional fruit, from iconic sites, blended to showcase the world class wine that Washington can produce.

Winemaking Philosophy: Our process in the winery is much like the product that results: similar to our process for all our wines, only pushed to be more and better. The Reserve Claret is blended form a small subset of our most select barrels (Cabernet, Merlot and Cab Franc only). It undergoes a slightly cooler, slightly longer fermentation to achieve more compression, more density, more complexity. It also spends a little more time in barrel—19-21 months—to achieve the profile we’re looking for.

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