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2019Reserve Cabernet Franc

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2019Reserve Cabernet Franc

The 2019 Matthews Reserve Cabernet Franc was crafted from several small vineyard parcels across four AVAs in Washington State: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Royal Slope and Walla Walla Valley. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were primarily limited to one cluster per shoot or three clusters per spur to create maximum concentration in each cluster. They were hand-harvested in the early fall mornings of October 2019.

Upon arriving in the winery, each cluster was hand-sorted, berry-sorted, and fermented in either stainless steel (91%) or concrete (9%). The fruit was moved to 100% custom French oak barrels for 25 months of cellaring. The resulting 19 barrels were bottled in December 2021, producing only 467 cases.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Matthews Reserve Cabernet Franc shows medium to deep purple in hue with aromas of cassis and syrupy blueberry that evolve into herbal scents of sweet peas, chamomile-mint tea and camphor. This wine shows a classic Cabernet Franc flavor profile that mingles green flavors of snap peas, oolong tea and sage with dark fruits, mocha and cardamon. Medium bodied with robust tannins and balanced acidity, this intensely expressive wine lingers on the mid-palate with black forest cake richness.

Varietal Composition

85% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot

Alcohol

15.2%

Cases Produced

467

Drinkability

Now - 2038

AVAs

Red Mountain

Map Red Mountain 3 2
Designated: 2001Vineyards: 2,382 acres (963 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet FrancAverage Annual Precipitation: 5 inchesSoil: Silt, sand, volcanic basaltAverage vine age: 22yrs
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Royal Slope

Designated: 2020Vineyards: 1,900 acres (768 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon BlancAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inchesSoil: Sandy loam, soilAverage Vine Age: 14yrs

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