The 2017 Matthews Rosé was crafted from a single vineyard site in Washington State, located atop the Frenchman Hills in the Royal Slope of the Columbia Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were hand-harvested early in the mornings of late summer. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was de-stemmed and macerated for 18 hours before pressing. Using only free-run wine, it was then moved to stainless steel tanks for 6 months. Evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team, only 386 cases were bottled.
White tea, peaches and cream with citrus zest start the nose. Swirling brings up dried strawberry, flowers and watermelon. The palate is juicy, with fleshy stone fruit, vibrant acidity and a finish that reminds me of strawberry panna cotta. Irresistible to drink now but will continue to develop over the next 6-9 months.