2017 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.

Bottle: $24

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Tasting Notes

Tropical notes, citrus and honeydew melon. Swirling brings up sweet citrus, pineapple rind and white tea. The palate has good volume, polish and vibrant acidity. Flavors of pithy stone fruit and citrus linger on the finish.

Wine Facts

Appellation:

Yakima Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Lawrence, Boushey Vineyards

Varietal Composition:

87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Sémillon

Aging:

7 months in stainless steel

Alcohol:

14.1%

Cases Produced:

875

Drinkability:

Now-2023

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 sites get more sun exposure to enhance that tropical profile. Generally, we get lower yields from our sauvignon blanc sites, resulting in concentrated flavors with intensity, structure, and abundant acidity.

Harvest: The 2017 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of Stillwater and Boushey vineyard fruit, with all the Semillon coming from Boushey Vineyard. The fruit is picked at first light when temperatures are cooler. Semillon is added to provide texture and weight to the blend. The grapes are hand sorted at the vineyard and then shipped to the winery early in the morning, in refrigerated trucks. The 2017 vintage was warm, but not too warm and ripening occurred evenly with flavors that were allowed to mature, while retaining acidity.

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