The 2018 Matthews Reserve Claret was crafted from several small vineyard parcels across four AVAs in Washington State: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Royal Slope and Walla Walla Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were primarily limited to one cluster per shoot or three clusters per spur to create maximum concentration in each cluster. They were hand-harvested in the early morning between September 12th, 2018 – November 1st, 2018.
Hearty beef stew with root vegetables
Cassis, currants, plum skin, bloomed baking spices with a whiff of dark fruit, graphite and crème brûlée. Swirling adds some dried herbs and perfumed sweetness. This wine is dense and opulent with unfolding layers of fruit and spice. The palate is composed with dark smoldering black fruit, black tea and additional lingering spices. The texture and tannins are layered and persistent. As a flagship wine, we are thrilled with this new vintage, as we feel it’s one of our finest examples of Reserve Claret to date.
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Dionysus, Quintessence, Shaw 32, Angela’s, Red Mountain, Canyons, Stillwater Creek, Scarline, Eritage, Blue Mountain
Fermented in 61% stainless steel and 39% concrete. Aged for 26 months in 100% new French oak.
Awards & Accolades
"The 2018 Claret Reserve combines mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (71%) with smaller portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Extracted and brooding in the glass, this well-structured bottling unveils layers of creosote, leather, black currant jelly and suggestions of black tea on the palate. Finishing long, it has the stability and viscosity to cellar well over the next 15-plus years."
92 points, Owen Bargreen, Vinous