The 2021 Matthews Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was made with fruit grown from Bacchus, La Reyna Blanca, Coventry Vale, and Conner Lee Vineyards. Some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in the state were harvested for this multi-layered and expressive wine. A warm vintage and low yields meant that the fruit harvested for this reserve Sauvignon Blanc was ripe, concentrated, and showed exceptional varietal typicity. Each vine was cultivated and harvested by hand, processed by gentle whole cluster pressing, and blanketed with inert gas to preserve aromatic intensity. After 24 hours cold settling, multiple yeasts were selected for layering and complexity. Fermentation in various sizes of 100% French oak barrels was slow and cool, while the lees were stirred frequently for body and structure. Secondary fermentation was blocked so freshness and aromatic complexity could be retained while the resulting wine softened in barrel for 12 months. This wine was cold stabilized and bottled unfiltered for maximum purity and intensity. Only 809 cases produced.
The 2021 Matthews Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has the straw yellow color of a Linden blossom. This unfiltered wine shows its raw purity in the form of some slight turbidity. Wet stone and chalky aromatics combine with more floral and fruity intensity of white nectarine, Asian pear, bergamot, and cut spring flowers. The generous mouthfeel delivers a palate of orange liqueur, tea spice, flower nectar, and the visceral chalky texture of an oyster shell. The balanced acidity and breadth of the wine are rounded out with subtle oak, orange cream, and a long, spicy finish.
"This has aromas of chopped apples, fresh pears, lemons, salted almonds and a hint of nutmeg. It’s creamy and textured, with a medium body and tangy acidity. I like the saline and spice undertones. Drink now or hold."
-91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com