2018 Matthews Reserve Merlot

The 2018 Matthews Reserve Merlot was crafted primarily from several small vineyard parcels inside the Columbia Valley AVA as well as Red Mountain, and two in the Walla Walla Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were limited to one or two clusters per shoot to create maximum concentration in each cluster. They were hand-harvested in the early mornings between September 5th – November 3rd, 2018. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, and fermented in a combination of concrete (54%) and stainless steel (46%) tanks. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels (100% new) for 26 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 14 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, on February 21st, 2021, producing only 341 cases.

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Tasting Notes

Deep in color with aromatics of ripe raspberry, plum skin, currants, dried strawberry, herbs, caramelized sugar, and fresh roasted coffee. Great volume on the palate, with notes of fresh red fruits and incredibly tactile tannins. A wine with versatility and texture that only Washington State could produce.

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Solaksen, Scarline, Dionysus, Bacchus, Hedges Family Estate, Angela's, Quintessence, Shaw 32, Canyons, Blue Mountain, Eritage

Varietal Composition:

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinification:

Fermented in 54% concrete and 46% stainless steel. Aged for 26 months in 100% new French oak.

Alcohol:

14.4%

Cases Produced:

341

Drinkability:

Now-2034

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