The 2019 Matthews Reserve Merlot shows a deep ruby to purple hue with aromas of black cherry and red fruits such as pomegranate, bright red cherries, and raspberry compote. The primary fruit aromas are followed by savory herbs, conditioned leather and cobblestones. On the palate, the red fruit expression continues with red currants and red plum, mingled with bramble fruits, cola, candied walnut, blood orange zest and beef au jus. The wine is medium bodied with subtle acidity. The broad tannins on the front of the palate resolve toward the finish. The texture on the finish is finessed, showing more red and black fruits, and a redolent floral quality.
97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Dionysus, Bacchus, Hedges Family Estate, Angela’s, Canyons, Shaw 32, Quintessence, Stillwater Creek, Solaksen, Blue Mountain, Pepper Bridge
Fermented in 61% concrete and 39% stainless steel. Aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak.