2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several vineyards across three separate AVAs in Washington State: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and the Walla Walla Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were limited to one or two clusters per shoot for maximum concentration. They were then hand-harvested in the early morning between late September and late October, with the final pick coming on October 27th, 2016. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, and then fermented in either concrete (70%) or stainless steel (30%) tanks. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels for 20 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 17 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, on July 20th, 2018, producing only 417 cases.

This wine is currently not available. Join the mailing list to stay informed about Matthews releases.

Join The Mailing List

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot) is largely cut from the same cloth as the Reserve Claret and was my favorite in the lineup. Its deep purple color is followed by beautiful blue fruits, hints of vanilla and oak, good minerality, medium to full body, and a layered, elegant, lightly textured wine that’s already approachable and will keep for 10-15 years or more."

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

Tasting Notes

Sultry smoked raspberry, dried strawberry, black currants and plum skin with a hint of vanilla bean, black tea and mocha. Swirling brings a touch of dried herbs and wood spice with sweet red and black fruits. The palate is beautifully framed, with freshness, terrific density, persistent black fruits and silky tannins. Ageable, but the texture of the vintage allows for vibrant early consumption.

Scores & Reviews

"This wine is a blend of Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley fruit. Aromas of fresh and dried herbs, raspberry, anise, mocha, green pepper and dark fruit lead to well-balanced fruit flavors that bring a sense of elegance. It's a sophisticated offering of the variety, best suited for the dinner table."
- Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

"Polished and elegantly layered, with expressive blackberry, tarragon and toasted spice flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 422 cases made."
- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

"Bright ruby. Urgent primary aromas of blackberry, cassis and minerals. Densely packed and juicy; more mineral-driven and less sweet than the Reserve Merlot and more tightly wound today. This very backward, structured, classically dry Cabernet finishes with tannins that reach the front teeth. Winemaker Aryn Morell emphasized that these reserve wines are not made from later-picked fruit, and as my notes make clear, there's nothing overripe about them."
- Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

"Made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley bursts from the glass with a core of ripe and juicy dark fruit framed by plums, blackberry and wild cherry, before aromas sweet oak fill the nose with supporting scents of red and purple flowers, espresso bean and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich and correct with chewy tannins, focused balance and supporting, structuring energetic acidity. The wine delivers pleasure, lingering with a lasting finish and good complexity. Only 405 cases were produced. I’d like to revisit this wine in three to five years' time."
- Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Stillwater Creek, Bacchus, Dionysus, Quintessence, Canyons, Red Mountain, Pepper Bridge

Varietal Composition:

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot

Vinification:

70% concrete tank, 30% stainless steel, aged in 65% new French oak for 20 months

Alcohol:

14.2%

Cases Produced:

417

Drinkability:

Now-2031

Trade Materials

Explore the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Vintages

The Matthews Mailing List is the best way to learn about events, receive special invitations, and buy our wines.

Mailing List Image