2016 Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is rich but bracing. Ripe and chewy in your mouth, with plenty of bright acidity on the finish. Expect lots of tropical notes—pineapple, guava, mango, grapefruit—with a touch of lime or creamy lemon. Look deeper and you’ll find notes of honeysuckle flower and some minerality, like rain-wet slate. Subtle notes of green grass, pear, toffee and fennel create a surprisingly complex bouquet, but they don’t prevent this from being an easy wine for anyone to love. Like summer, it is beautiful but fleeting. Enjoy this wine in its first, second or possibly third summer, while the volume and fruit are at their peak.

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"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a very clean, classic, straight Sauvignon Blanc (there's 11% Semillon in the blend as well). Crisp citrus, leafy herbs and hints of apple peal all flow to a medium-bodied, straightforward, balanced and refreshing white that's ideal for drinking over the coming year or so."

90 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

Explosive nose of green guava, citrus rind, passion fruit and slate. Swirling adds sweetness to the fruit while adding white peach and apricot preserves. The palate is vibrant and mouthwatering with great polish and minerality. A perfect balance of ripe fruit and acid to keep this impeccably drinkable.

Scores & Reviews

"There's a wealth of ripe tropical fruit on offer here. Very juicy and expressive lime and passion fruit. Zesty. Drink now. "
- James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Wine Facts

Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Sagemoor, Boushey Vineyards

Varietal Composition:

89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon

Aging:

64% stainless steel tanks, 20% French oak barrels, 16% concrete eggs

Alcohol:

13.5%

Cases Produced:

667

Drinkability:

Now-2018

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Additional Information about this vintage

Vineyard Philosophy: Sauvignon Blanc is notoriously finicky, requiring lots of flexibility and vigilance in the vineyard, and displaying tremendous variation year over year—even between nearby sites. This is a challenge, but also something we love about it, because it is such a true reflection of its terroir. We strive to produce a very consistent flavor profile, so we source grapes from different areas and tend the sites accordingly. Hotter sites get more leaf canopy to mellow their intensity, while cooler sited get more sun exposure to enhance that tropical profile. Generally, we get lower yields from our sauv blanc sites, resulting in concentrated flavors with intensity, structure, and abundant acid.

Winemaking Philosophy: The goal with the Matthews Sauvignon Blanc is to get it into the press as fast as possible. We ferment primarily in stainless steel to mellow the fruit from the warmer sites, but also in concrete, to enhance the minerality and grassiness we get from the cooler sites. Every year, we look at what the year has given us and adjust our blending process to maintain the fruit and texture we want to see, but this wine is generally bottled young—as early as 4-5 months after press—to capture and hold onto that summer ripeness.

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