2022 was a near ideal vintage for Sauvignon Blanc.
Our first vintage sourcing several Sauvignon Blanc clones from Horse Heaven Hills, this vintage represents our latest harvest date on record for our Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc. All three vineyard sites were picked in the early morning light on October 7th, 2022.
Upon arriving at the winery, the grapes were whole cluster pressed under a blanket of protective CO2 and the juice was delivered into tank. It was then cold settled for 24 hours before being fermented cold in 100% stainless steel tanks. Fermentation techniques were selected individually for each vineyard to help accentuate the fruit and typicity from each location. Primary fermentation was slow and cool, allowing the wine to hold onto its intense aromatic profile. Secondary fermentation was arrested to preserve freshness and acidity and the wine was blended shortly before bottling. The wine was bottled on March 28th, 2023.
The 2022 Matthews Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc is yellow jasmine in color with flecks of green. Intense aromatics of starfruit, lemony sorrel leaf, juicy green pear and mandarin orange open to honeysuckle and linden flower. Followed by flavors of lemon curd, oyster shell, candied orange peel and flint, this medium bodied, balanced wine has refreshing acidity. It finishes long with briney and stoney flavors that are taught and textural.
"Aromas of pear, peach and fresh pineapple. Mediumxbodied with fresh, stony-mineral character. Bright. Stone fruit and tropical fruit drive the palate, with herbal and peppery complexity. Nicely composed and long. Drink now."
Praise for the 2021 (previous vintage): 91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com