Columbia Valley, Washington
James Suckling 92 points! (on the 2017 vintage)
Matthews Blackboard Red is a beautiful red Bordeaux blend from Washington's Columbia Valley. Matthews is a family owned and operated winery based in Woodinville, WA. "We take our inspiration from the great wine blending techniques of Bordeaux and from the exceptional fruit that our state is producing. Our wines tip their hat to old world traditions, while embracing the energy and innovation of this ascendant wine region."
The 2018 Blackboard Red Wine was crafted from several vineyards across three AVAs in Washington State: Columbia Valley (80%), Walla Walla Valley (15%) and Red Mountain (5%). Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were hand-harvested in the early fall mornings September 5th - November 12th, 2018. Upon arriving at the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted and fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless-steel tanks. It was then moved to custom French oak barrels for 18 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by the winemaking team. 4,426 cases were bottled.
Blackboard Red is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc. This full-bodied red is dark, rich purple with aromatics of boysenberry, lavender, dried tobacco and sage on top of a dry stony minerality. The texture is rich but finishes light on its feet with a persisting length.
Enjoy Matthews Blackboard Red over the next 6-8 years with steak, grilled lamb, burgers, and rich vegetarian dishes.