2015 Reserve Claret

The Reserve Claret is the flagship of wines Matthews produces. Our goal is to produce the highest intensity of flavor and mouthfeel, while retaining elegance. It truly is a marriage of old-world finesse and the fruit-driven lusciousness of new world wines. The Reserve Claret will become even more refined with age, but is wonderfully enticing in its youth.

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"The 2015 Reserve Claret checks in as 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that saw more new oak, spending 22 months in 80% new barrels. Similarly, inky colored, with beautiful blue fruits, violets, cedar and incense aromatics, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fine, polished tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. It's balanced, has beautiful purity, and a great finish."

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck

Tasting Notes

Red and black currants, smoke, spiced plum and black cherry. Swirling brings up red fruits and sandalwood. Fresh, but ripe, with bright fruit and good tension. Long and smooth tannins with a finish of plum, blackberry and vanilla bean spice.

Wine Facts

Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

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

Varietal Composition:

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Aging:

87% concrete tanks, 13% stainless steel

Alcohol:

14.4%

Cases Produced:

482

Drinkability:

Now - 2028

Additional Information about this Vintage

Harvest: Although 2015 was a warm vintage in Washington State, heat levels did not prevent us from capturing freshness in the wines we crafted. To help achieve this, we pick fruit early in the morning, when it is coolest and begin sorting right away. We also harvested each individual block only when it is at its optimum ripeness.

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