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.

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"Tobacco, blackcurrants, spring flowers, and smoked herb notes all emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. It's a wonderfully pure, medium to full-bodied 2017 with silky tannins, great intensity, and a balanced, layered style that's going to evolve for 15-20 years."

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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.

Scores & Reviews

"A gorgeous wine, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley wafts out of the glass with aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, baking spices, blackberry purée, cherry reduction and spiced plum with chocolate-covered raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, the expression fills out with a balanced structure, lifting tannins and a juicy and ripe core of fruit, showing no hard edges. The finish lingers on and leaves me craving chocolate-covered blueberries. The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 94% brand new. Almost 4,700 bottles were produced."
- Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley


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

Varietal Composition:

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


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



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