The 2019 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 September 4th and 25th. 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 (93%) and French oak barrels (7%) before being bottled and released. Only 1,450 cases were produced.
Fresh-caught seafood like oysters, halibut or scallops
Intense aromatics of lemon drop, lime peel, honeycomb, honeysuckle blossoms, as well as a chalky minerality. Swirling adds peach pit and lychee with wafting green notes of gooseberry and fragrant fresh herbs. The palate has great polish and weight with a touch more fruit sweetness than the nose suggests. Finishes classically dry and pithy with some mineral nuance that makes it irresistible.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Bacchus, Stillwater Creek, Laura Lee, La Reyna Blanc, Boushey
Fermented in 93% stainless steel and 7% French oak barrels. Aged for 8 months in stainless steel.
Awards & Accolades
"Bright, pale silver-yellow. Brisk, perfumed aromas of lemon drop, mint and tarragon, plus a varietal whiff of gooseberry. At once rich and bright, with lively lemony acidity framing and carrying the wine's intense fruit and herb flavors through a citrussy finish featuring surprising persistence and grip. This strikes me as both riper and brighter than the very good 2018 version. Plenty of palate presence for Sauvignon Blanc."
90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous