The 2018 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc was crafted using Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from select vineyards in Washington State, located on the Royal Slope of the Columbia Valley and the southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Mountains of the Yakima Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the fruit was hand-harvested in the early mornings between August 31st and September 21st. Upon arriving at the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted and both whole cluster and de-stemmed pressed. It was then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks (90%) and French oak barrels (10%) before being bottled and released. Only 1,404 cases were produced.
Fresh-caught seafood like oysters, halibut or scallops
Notes of white tea, citrus and pithy stone fruit. Swirling brings up white peach and sweet grapefruit, lychee, ripe guava and herbs. The palate has volume, good tension and a terrific combination of freshness and sweet fruit.
96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Sémillon
Stillwater Creek, Laura Lee, Boushey
Fermented in 90% stainless steel tanks and 10% French oak barrels
Awards & Accolades
"Editor’s Choice. This wine is a blend of fruit from Laura Lee Vineyard on the Royal Slope and Boushey in Yakima Valley. There's no mistaking the variety, with its vibrant aromas of citrus zest, fresh herb, kiwi and white and pink grapefruit, with intriguing mineral notes throughout. The kiwi and tropical and citrus flavors play perfectly off one another, with the palate bringing a sense of volume and length. It has a big-time yum factor."
91 points, Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast