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Matthews Claret 2013


SKU 854816002136


With the Claret you get more complexity, more fruit, more texture-a little bit more of everything-than you might expect from a wine at this price point. It's a gently oaked, medium-full bodied wine with great texture and a long, graceful finish. The flavor profile is classic, approachable, and incredibly consistent year after year. Expect to taste plenty of ripe fruit-plum, currant, blackberry, strawberry-with hints of vanilla, clove and tobacco. This wine is designed to be drinkable, now and well into its teenage years. PAIRINGS: Big fruit balanced with great tannins and acidity make the Claret is a wonderful and versatile food wine. It pairs well with steak, lamb and gamier meats like venison. It loves a pasta, a shepherd's pie or a hearty stew. It's a great compliment to chicken, duck, and even rich fish like salmon or tuna. It's great for a group that includes aficionados and novice wine drinkers, or a dinner party with friends who you don't need to impress but want to anyway. It's the perfect thing to reach for on a Friday night out or on a Tuesday, when you really just feel like crackers and good cheese for dinner and a little dark chocolate for dessert.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Matthews
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorFirm and focused, with crinkly tannins around a sleek core of blackberry, currant and plum flavors that keep singing on the expressive finish. Has room to grow. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 2,129 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2016
  • wa92+

Wine AdvocateReaders looking for a longer term prospect should check out the 2013 Claret (57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot), which is firm, concentrated and structured; it has plenty of oak in its tobacco leaf, incense, and crème de cassis aromas and flavors. Give this full-bodied 2013 about 5-6 years of cellaring and drink over the following decade.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2016
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. It opens with intriguing aromas of graphite, cherry, barrel spice, garden herbs, coffee grounds and dark fruit. The flavors are pitch black and generous, showing density and layering.

Sean Sullivan, September 1, 2016