2017 Rosé

The 2017 Matthews Rosé is 100% Cabernet Franc, a combination of clones 623 and 327. The Cabernet Franc for this rosé comes exclusively from the Sol Aksents Vineyard on the Royal Slope. Sol Aksents means “sun access” in Norwegian, and it is so named because the rows were deliberately planted off the traditional north/south axis in order to align them perfectly with the sun’s transit and protect the vines from the midday heat, which can hasten the ripening process.

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Tasting Notes

White tea, peaches and cream with citrus zest start the nose. Swirling brings up dried strawberry, flowers and watermelon. The palate is juicy, with fleshy stone fruit, vibrant acidity and a finish that reminds me of strawberry panna cotta. Irresistible to drink now but will continue to develop over the next 6-9 months.

Wine Facts

Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Lawrence Solaksen Vineyard

Varietal Composition:

100% Cabernet Franc

Aging:

100% Stainless Steel

Alcohol:

12.7%

Cases Produced:

386

Drinkability:

Now-2021

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