2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a several small vineyard parcels within three AVAs: Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and the Columbia Valley. Harvested by hand in the early morning between September 8th - October 31st, it was then hand-sorted and fermented in the winery using both stainless steel (77%) and concrete tanks (23%). The free-run wine was cellared in French oak (54% new) for 18 months. Evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team, only 53 barrels were ultimately selected and bottled on April 23rd, 2019.

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"An attractive, floral red with crushed blackcurrants, flowers and chocolate. Medium to full body, round tannins and a soft, cashmere-like texture. 95% cabernet sauvignon, 3% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Drink or hold."

93 points - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Tasting Notes

Black currants and ripe plum skin mixed with dark spices and sandalwood. Some air adds more black fruit, Bing cherry, blackberries and creme de cassis with a hint of black tea. The palate has volume and structure that stays sweet and energetic, finishing with hints of caramel and spice. Irresistible now but it will easily age for a decade or more.

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Lawrence Solaksen, Dionysus, Quintessence, Canyons, Shaw 32, Pepper Bridge

Varietal Composition:

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Vinification:

Fermented in 77% stainless steel, 23% concrete. Aged in 54% new French oak for 18 months.

Alcohol:

14.5%

Cases Produced:

1,282

Drinkability:

Now-2025

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