The 2019 Matthews Reserve Cuvee was crafted from several vineyards across four separate AVAs in Washington State: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Royal Slope and the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyards were farmed using sustainable practices and the vines were limited to one or two clusters per shoot for maximum concentration. Grapes were hand-harvested in the early mornings of Sept 21st– Oct 16th, 2019. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, then fermented in 50% concrete 50% stainless steel. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels for 22 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 14 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, producing only 344 cases.
Southern Caramelized Onion Smothered Chicken
“Blue fruit aromatics (blueberry, huckleberry) combine with secondary aromas of allspice, bramble, mesquite and dried flowers. On the palate, blue fruits turn to darker expressions of marionberry pie, black cherry and plum. These dark fruit flavors mingle nicely with dark chocolate, baking spice, fresh earth and pipe tobacco, adding complexity and nuance to the medium bodied and well-structured palate on this wine.
77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Conner Lee, Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain, Solaksen, Pepper Bridge
Fermented in 50% stainless-steel and 50% concrete tanks. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak.
Awards & Accolades
"More Merlot-dominated, the 2019 Reserve Cuvee has brilliant aromatics of cassis, spicy oak, white flowers, new leather, and chalky minerality. Reminding me of a great Saint-Emilion, it's medium to full-bodied, has remarkable purity, perfectly integrated oak, and a great finish. It's up there with some of the finest Merlots I've tasted from Washington State, and I'd certainly be happy to drink a bottle."
- 94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com