Matthews Claret 2020
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
Dark berries, bramble, and cola on the nose give way to a background of sandalwood and vanilla bean when swirled in the glass. A nice blend of red and black fruits play well with cocoa and black tea on the palate. Polished tannins and well-balanced acidity leave a lasting finish that intrigues.
Editors' Choice. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (34%) and Cabernet Franc (27%), along with bits of Petit Verdot and Malbec. With fruit coming from Horse Heaven Hills, White Bluffs, Wahluke Slope and Royal Slope, appealing aromas of green pepper, herb and fresh black fruit lead to ripe, polished, pure, decadent black-fruit flavors. It shows a lot of intensity and richness. Chocolate notes linger on the very long finish. It's flat-out delicious and an outrageous value to boot.