2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 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 starting in early October, with the final pick coming on November 2nd, 2017. Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, and then fermented in either concrete (43%) or stainless steel (57%) tanks. Using only the free-run wine, it was then moved to custom French oak barrels for 22 months of cellaring with over 40 individual evaluations by our winemaking team. The resulting 16 barrels were bottled, without fining or filtration, on September 16th, 2019, producing only 387 cases.

Bottle: $80

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Tasting Notes

Sweetly smoked muddled strawberry and raspberry with vanilla bean and sandalwood while wafting notes of black tea, crème de cassis and blackberry puree prevail. Swirling brings up rich black fruits, dark spices and crème brulee. The palate is rich and dense showing the flare of the vintage with silky tannins and nothing out of place. More of a blockbuster style than previous years with the same precision and purity expected from a Matthews wine.

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Lawrence Solaksen, Dionysus, Stillwater Creek, Canyons, Quintessence, Shaw 32, Angela’s, Blue Vineyard

Varietal Composition:

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

Vinification:

Fermented in 57% stainless steel, 43% concrete tanks. Aged for 22 months in 94% new French oak.

Alcohol:

14.4%

Cases Produced:

387

Drinkability:

Now-2030

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