MATTHEWS WINERY Merlot, Columbia Valley 'Cuvée' 2020

Deep purple in color, the 2020 Cuvee by Matthews is a killer wine and a great value. Coming in at 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, the last three components play a bigger role than their composition suggests. Aromas of cherry and oak are present and are followed by an elegant mouthfeel comprised of fine, velvety and settled tannins. Black cherry, blueberry, smokey bramble and mildly bittersweet cocoa all play nicely together in a balanced manner. The softness of the Merlot allows for an elegant and mouth coating finish. This may need a year or two of cellaring to show its best stuff but should smoothly sail for 15 years after that. This wine punches way above its weight, you don’t want to miss it.
94 $34 2024-2040

United States Washington Columbia Valley

R. Geresi March, 2023  

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