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2017 Matthews Reserve Claret

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2017 Matthews Reserve Claret
2017 Matthews Reserve Claret
Tasting notes

Saturated currants, cassis, plum skin, bloomed baking spices with a whiff of hardwood smoke, graphite and crème brulee. Swirling adds some sweetness and perfumed dried herbs. This wine smells dense and opulent with unfolding layers of fruit and spices. The palate is fabulously rich with dark smoldering black fruit, black tea and lingering spices. The texture and tannins are luxurious and persistent. - Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Production notes

Fermented in 70% concrete and 30% stainless steel tanks. Aged 30 months in 89% New French Oak barrels.

445 cases produced.

Other notes

Drinkability: Now-2037

VarietalBordeaux Blend
Varietal Composition83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced445

“An instant success, the 2017 Reserve Claret is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It opens with a beautiful and nuanced nose with aromas of spiced sugar plum, blackberry reduction, black raspberry, currant and cassis, sweet tobacco, worn leather and dusty purple flowers with elements of new French oak. Full-bodied, the wine is rich, round and dusty with elements of chocolate pot de crème, and it quickly becomes a wine that you want to smell and inhale as it changes in the glass. Juicy, ripe red and black fruit lingers on the long, drawn-out finish with a soft mineral tension and elegant French oak essence. The wine was aged for 28 months in French oak barrels, 90% brand new. It’s delicious, just give it additional time in the bottle before opening and be sure to decant when you finally do open the bottle. Only 5,520 bottles produced.” -92+ points, Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

“One of the flagship releases here is the 2017 Reserve Claret, which is based on 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Not yet bottled, this deep ruby/purple-hued beauty boasts rocking crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits, notes of spice box and chocolate, medium to full body, and silky, polished tannins that emerge on the finish. It's another impeccably made, seamless, gorgeous wine from this estate.” -93-95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck,

Columbia Valley AVA: Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Bacchus Vineyard, and Dionysus Vineyard

Red Mountain AVA: Canyons, Shaw 32, Quintessence, and Hedges Estate Vineyards

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