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2018Cabernet Sauvignon

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The 2018 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon comes from several small vineyard parcels within three AVAs: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and Walla Walla Valley. Harvested by hand in the early morning between September 5th - November 12th, 2018, it was hand-sorted and fermented in the winery using both concrete and stainless-steel tanks. The free-run wine was cellared in French oak for 21 months. Evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team, only 18 barrels were ultimately selected and bottled on October 6, 2020.

Food Pairing Recommendations

Grass-fed burgers with grilled corn

Tasting Notes

Black currants, plum jam, vanilla, and cassis. With air, swirling brings dark baking spices mixed with dried Applewood and strawberry puree. The palate is fleshy with dark brooding fruits and a hint of crème brulee. Vibrant with firm structure, while maintaining a fresh and composed profile.

Labeled Appellation

Columbia Valley

Varietal Composition

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

Vineyards

Solaksen, Stillwater Creek, Dionysus, Laura Lee, Scarline, Quintessence, Canyons, Shaw 32, Eritage

Vinification

Fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless tanks. Aged for 21 months in new French oak barrels.

Alcohol

14.6%

Cases Produced

1,209

Drinkability

Now-2027

Trade materials

Awards & Accolades

"Blackcurrant, blackberry leaf, herbs and sweet tobacco on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with ripe tannins. Juicy and plush with herbal notes on the finish. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Drink or hold."

92 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. It has a fruit-loaded nose of ripe plums, violets, cedary herbs, and graphite. This carries to a medium to full-bodied Cabernet with good typicity, ripe tannins, and a solid finish. It's a good value that should have 10-15 years of overall longevity."

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

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