About the Wine
Matthews was established in 1993, an early leader in the Washington wine industry. The Otis family purchased the Winery in 2008 with a focus on making world-class Bordeaux-style wines from the top vineyards in Washington. All wines are crafted from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley
The 2019 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon comes from several small vineyard parcels within four AVAs: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Royal Slope, and Walla Walla Valley. Hand-harvested in the early fall mornings of 2019, it was hand-sorted, crushed, and then fermented using both concrete and stainless-steel tanks. No pressed lots were used and the free-run wine was aged in 63% new French oak for 21 months. Evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team, 111 barrels were ultimately selected and bottled in August 2021.
Aging: 21 months in 63% new French oak barrels
Tasting Notes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, and 1% Malbec. Beautiful aromas of black currants, cassis, plum jam, and toasty vanilla are followed by warm baking spices and strawberry purée with the introduction of air to the glass. The palate is dark and fleshy, with plush red fruits and a hint of vanilla bean. Vibrant mouthfeel with firm tannin structure, yet the wine maintains an elegant and nuanced profile. This is an example of how Washington State can make truly wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Inviting aromas of blackcurrants, fresh herbs, and blackberries. Full-bodied with nice focus and persistence. Silky tannins carry well-ripened black fruit with notes of chocolate and walnut as well. Well structured and long. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 1% Malbec. Best after 2024. ~93 James Suckling
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