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The 2019 Matthews Reserve Claret was crafted from several vineyards across four separate AVAs in Washington State: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Royal Slope, the Walla Walla Valley and the White Bluffs. The vineyards were farmed using sustainable practices and the vines were limited to one or two clusters per shoot for maximum concentration. Grapes were hand-harvested in the early mornings of Sept 6th– Oct 20th, 2019. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, then fermented in 50% concrete 50% stainless steel. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels for 25 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 21 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, producing only 510 cases.


The 2019 Matthews Reserve Claret elicits a deep ruby to purple hue with aromas of raspberry bramble, light-roasted coffee bean, wet stone and forest floor. On the palate, black current and cherry flavors mingle with hints of wet tobacco leaf and chocolate. The wine has a pleasing salinity and structured tannins with a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel. The long finish is balanced with fruit flavors, acidity and tannin that will allow the wine to age gracefully for years to come.


Columbia Valley


80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot


Conner Lee, Canyons, Hedges, Quintessence, Solaksen, Pepperbridge, Dionysus


Fermented in mostly stainless steel with only 29% being done in concrete tanks, only free run wine was used to make this wine and it was blended in August of 2021. The blend was aged in 91% new French oak for 25 months prior to bottling, and was unfined and unfiltered. The 2019 vintage was spectacular for our Bordeaux program, with tremendous color and tannin and making for a blockbuster style. The Reserve Claret is always the most complex and backward wine in the Reserve lineup making for a wine in need of bottle ageing or decanting.








"The 2019 Reserve Claret is Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy and includes 9% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with 2% Petit Verdot. Bordeaux-like notes of currants, cassis, scorched earth, lead pencil, and chocolate define the bouquet, and it's focused, straight, and concentrated on the palate, with gorgeous tannins as well as a balanced, layered style that's going to age gracefully."

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck,


Red Mountain

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