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2020Royal Slope Claret

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2020Royal Slope Claret

The 2020 Matthews Royal Slope Claret comes from Solaksen vineyard within the Royal Slope AVA. After hand-harvesting in the early fall mornings, the fruit was hand-sorted and fermented using both stainless-steel tanks and French oak barrels. The free-run juice was aged in French oak (40% new) for 20 months. Bottling took place in June of 2022, resulting in only 568 cases.

Tasting Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend possesses a dark ruby color and aromas of crushed blueberry, vanilla bean, boxwood and clay. The palate shows dark fruit flavors of black currant, balanced by a blood orange brightness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with good structure. On the finish, river rock, coffee grounds and cassis linger.

Labeled Appellation

Royal Slope

Varietal Composition

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot


Fermented in stainless steel and French oak barrels. Aged 20 months in 40% new French oak.



Cases Produced





Royal Slope

Map Royal Slope AVA 3 2
Designated: 2020Vineyards: 1,900 acres (768 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon BlancAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inchesSoil: Sandy loam, soilAverage Vine Age: 14yrs
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