Matthews, the next chapter.
Over the last 14 years, and certainly over the last 12 months, the level of support our family has received has been nearly overwhelming. We are so grateful to have a chance to make wines in such a dynamic region. This has challenged us to ask a simple question: Where does Matthews go next?
While the journey is always more important than the destination, our mission has been steadfast:
Each vintage, we intend to push our vineyards, our winemaking and our craft to the highest level possible.
As many of you know, our family rescued Matthews from financial hardship in 2008, and set forth to get it back on track to crafting pure expressions of wine from our wonderful Washington State.
Over the last 14 years, we’ve grown more in love than ever with the quality of wine Washington State produces. Throughout the past several years, we’ve looked to continually refine each aspect of our winemaking. First, it was improving the equipment used for making our wines: a better sorting table, adding concrete tanks, using smaller stainless steel tanks for more specialized fermentation.
Next, we expanded our vineyard sourcing for our Reserve-level wines. In 2019, we added Conner Lee back into our portfolio, for the first time since 2003. With 2020, we were fortunate to add vineyard blocks from both Champoux and Wallula Gap.
Finally, we recruited a brilliant winemaking team that is capable of crafting the finest expressions of every varietal we make. We are only just beginning to appreciate their dedication to the winemaking craft.
In addition to honing our winemaking processes and team, we have also settled on a three-tier wine portfolio that empowers us to craft wines to showcase the very best that Washington can offer, at every level. This has been nearly 10 years in the making.
With our 2014 vintage, we introduced our first Reserve-level Claret. This wine paved the way for an entire tier of Reserve-level wines to follow. These wines were only made possible as we grew comfortable with our vineyard sites, knowing which of them could produce remarkable wines, each vintage.
Examples of these are: Reserve Claret, Reserve Cuvée, and Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Starting with the 2019 vintage, we added our AVA-level wines (American Viticultural Area). These wines focus on showcasing the unique texture and flavor that comes from these smaller areas within the Columbia Valley.
Examples of these are: Royal Slope Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Finally, we have our Columbia Valley wines, which are the entry point to Matthews. These wines showcase the breadth of Washington State terroir, sourcing from across Washington's broadest AVA, the Columbia Valley.
Examples of these are: Columbia Valley Claret, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Cuvée, Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
Starting in the Fall, we will begin releasing our 2020 red wines, and our 2021 white wines. With the added vineyard sites in Horse Heaven Hills (Champoux and Walulla Gap), these wines feature new components of flavor complexity, and further push each wine's individual personality.
Many of our mailing list and wine club members have been with us for years. You deserve to enjoy Matthews at its highest potential, and these new wines offer an answer to this promise.
Thank you for your belief in us, and in our wines. Your support has empowered us to continue to improve with each new vintage. We are grateful every day for the ability to craft the very best wines we possibly can, and continue to showcase the wonderful wine region of Washington State.
Onward, into the 2022 harvest!
–The Otis Family and entire team at Matthews