Budbreak, bloom, and veraison were early in 2021. Bloom occurred during hot and windy conditions creating small clusters and a light crop. The harsh heat dome events of late June had varying effect on yields. Varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay were significantly delayed while Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc seemed to mature on a more typical timeline. Although these high temperatures allowed for higher sugars, flavor development and phenolic ripeness lagged. Acidity was relatively low compared to average. Patience was rewarded for those who waited to harvest, as cool Fall temperatures allowed for flavor to catch up while sugar accumulation plateaued. Overall, the white wines from this vintage are expressive, ripe, and rich while the red wines display strong varietal typicity and are intensely concentrated with great structure.
"The 2021 Matthews Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in color with aromas of starfruit, white currants, lime zest, seashells, gooseberry, meringue and hay. The initial aromas are mirrored in the flavors of this medium bodied, balanced wine with great acidity. Long finish of crisp, mouthwatering citrus, gunflint and pomelo." - Bryan Otis, Proprietor
Awards & Accolades
"Aromas of pear, peach and fresh pineapple. Medium-bodied with fresh, stony-mineral character. Bright. Stone fruit and tropical fruit drive the palate, with herbal and peppery complexity. Nicely composed and long. Drink now."
-91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com