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2016Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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2016Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2016 Matthews Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was crafted exclusively from just two vineyard sites in Washington State, located in the Yakima Valley and Royal Slope region of the Columbia Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were then hand-harvested in the late summer early mornings. Upon arriving at the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, pressed with a bladder press in a static environment, and left to settle for 48 hours before being transferred to concrete eggs (85%) and stainless steel tanks (15%). Following over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team, the resulting barrels were bottled in February, producing only 196 cases.

Food Pairing Recommendations

Fresh-caught crab with tomato and herb salad

Tasting Notes

Dense and penetrating with white flowers, lychee, guava, pineapple rind and under-ripe apricot. Swirling brings up sweet fruit, wet slate, complex herbs, gooseberry and key lime pie. The palate is fresh, firm and beautifully textured. It is much more generous than the Columbia Valley, and exudes class and refinement. This is a baby and will be worth trying over the next five years.

Labeled Appellation

Columbia Valley

Varietal Composition

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyards

Boushey Vineyards, Stillwater Creek Vineyard

Vinification

Fermented in 85% concrete eggs and 15% stainless steel tanks

Alcohol

13.9%

Cases Produced

196

Drinkability

Now-2023

Awards & Accolades

"This 100% varietal wine brings lightly styled aromas of green grass, herb, snap pea and whiffs of green pepper. The palate is full bodied and textured, bringing a sense of richness but never losing its balance. It lingers on the finish."

90 points, Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

"Bright light yellow. Cool aromas of grass, flowers and white pepper are youthfully compressed today but convey an impression of incipient complexity. Offers more texture and depth than the entry-level Sauvignon Blanc, with its concentrated but tight lemon drop and grass flavors in need of another 6 to 12 months in bottle to expand. Finishes very long and fresh, with a hint of jalapeño and a firm mineral underpinning. A serious if backward white wine with noteworthy intensity and sophistication."

91 points, Stephen Tanzer

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