2017 Matthews Reserve MerlotThe 2017 Matthews Reserve Merlot was crafted from five small vineyard parcels inside the Columbia Valley AVA, three on Red Mountain and two along the Royal Slope. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were limited to one-two clusters per shoot to create maximum concentration in each cluster. They were hand-harvested in the early mornings between September 8th - October 4th, 2017. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, and fermented in a combination of concrete (73%) and stainless steel (27%) tanks. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels (94% new) for 23 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 17 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, on September 11th, 2019, producing only 412 cases.
"The 2017 Merlot Reserve from Matthews checks in as 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 22 months in 94% new French oak. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with medium to full-bodied notes of spring flowers, raspberries, candied orange, and spice, it's elegant, balanced, and has a light, juicy, already delicious style. It should evolve gracefully for 10-12 years or more."