Tasting Notes: Matthews Estate – Pitch Perfect

‘ I know never to take a wine for granted. Drawing a cork is like attendance at a concert or at a play that one knows well, when there is all the uncertainty of no two performances ever being quite the same. That is why the French say, ‘There are no good wines, only good bottles.” ‘ – Gerald Asher

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Disclaimer:  The tech-savvy twitterati at Matthews Estate in Woodinville, WA. invited binNotes© to this special tasting.

Jim Rubstello, the Matthews Estate partner who graciously greeted our tasting party, didn’t plan on becoming a winery owner, but a restaurateur. Thankfully, his veer towards vines with partners Cliff & Diane Otis, and their collaboration with wine maker Aryn Morell, has established a beautiful symphony of pitch-perfect wines.

Hard to narrow down a favorite. The award-winning 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, a product of Matthews Estate’s renown concrete egg fermentation,  yields a clean, bright  pour for the patio.

The Blackboard Red provides an accessible table wine for any budget. BONUS: A portion of the proceeds from each bottle goes to fund K-12 teacher training through the Ackerley Foundation.

For the more experienced palate, the 2008 Columbia Valley Claret  delivers a refined red – soft, supple, with a gorgeous garnet hue.

Finally, the showy Tenor Wine series further burnishes Matthews Estate’s already acclaimed reputation. Of special note: the  2008 Tenor Merlot. Balanced, graceful, subtle  – a wine to savor.

Tout out to winery assistant Eric, who multi-tasked with aplomb a simultaneous Tenor tasting. Cheers!

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