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2017Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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The 2017 Matthews 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.

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.

Food Pairing Recommendations

Braised beef with mushrooms and carrots

Varietal Composition

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



Cases Produced




Awards & Accolades

"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,

"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."

92+ points, Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

"Deep red-ruby. Brooding, medicinal aromas of blackcurrant, menthol, licorice and bitter chocolate are lifted by violet and graphite. Fatter and thicker on entry than the Reserve Cabernet Franc but quite dry and classic in the middle palate, with black fruit and licorice flavors lifted by floral and mineral elements. Juicy and tight yet already sexy and expressive. Finishes with broad, refined tannins and subtly building juicy length. Built to age, but this wine is more generous at this early stage than the 2016 edition. (aged in 94% new French oak for 22 months)"

92 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous


Red Mountain

Map Red Mountain 3 2
2,382 acres (963 hectares)
Top Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Average Annual Precipitation
5 inches
Silt, sand, volcanic basalt
Average vine age
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