2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a big, opulent wine that presents with a deep ruby color and loads of ripe black fruit—Cassis, cherry, currant and plum skin. The barrel notes are not subtle either, with tobacco, truffles, and cedar coming through on both the nose and palate. But despite all that show, it’s a very composed wine. When contrasted with the sultry, contemplative Matthews Merlot—a right bank inspired Bordeaux blend—the Cabernet is powerful and showy, but still easy to approach and easy to drink. This wine will hit its prime drinking window at around 5 years and continue to show in its youthful form through 12 or even 14 years.

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"Leafy herbs, plums, blueberries and violet notes all emerge from Matthews' 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, it's fresh and focused on the palate, with a streamlined, elegant style. Drink it over the coming decade or more."

92 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

Currants and plums framed beautifully by herbs and spice. Swirling adds sweetness to the fruit and a hint of mocha. The nose is stunningly refined with everything perfectly in its place. The palate has tremendous presence and length with fine, palate coating tannins. An impeccably refined new world Cabernet Sauvignon.

Scores & Reviews

"Bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas and flavors of cassis, blackberry, licorice and dusty brown spices. Densely packed, ripe and tactile but quite dry; a plush style of Cabernet but more youthfully clenched than the Merlot, finishing with more serious tannins. But this wine too is suave and edge-free. This has to be the best set of new releases I've tasted to date from Matthews Winery."
- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley


Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Hedges Family Estate

Varietal Composition:

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc


70% new 30% used French oak for 22 months



Cases Produced:




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Additional Information about this vintage

Vineyard Philosophy: We do not set targets for our overall production with this wine, and so we are free to aggressively constrain yields and berry size in the vineyards. We are meticulous about our site choices and about how they are tended year over year. Our goal is to maximize concentration and intensity without losing the suppleness and drinkability that we love in WA cabs.

Winemaking Philosophy: This wine gets a bit of extra love and care in the winery, not because of preference, but because that’s what is required to produce the profile we’re looking for. The grapes are sorted—often twice—to remove any extra material and stems, because clean fruit produces clean, fruit-driven wine. We ferment in stainless and concrete, leaning towards concrete because it helps us add depth and detail and balance the ripeness with smoothness. It gets barreled for 20-22 months in barrels custom designed for this wine. Then it’s blended blindly before going back in the barrel (as a blend) for another year or so before being re-evaluated and finally bottled. This process creates the most complete cab-driven blend we can make and epitomizes the power and grace of Bordeaux varietals in Washington.

Vintage Notes: Warm temperatures and an abundant, early crop produced picture-perfect grapes with soft tannins. With no rain, no early freezes and a harvest that was about two weeks ahead of usual, the 2014 vintage was pretty ideal. There were no heat spikes and nighttime temperatures were cool, providing acidity and balance.

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