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2017 Matthews Reserve Cabernet Franc Magnum

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2017  Matthews Reserve Cabernet Franc Magnum
2017 Matthews Reserve Cabernet Franc Magnum


Tasting notes

Seductive notes of brambly red fruits, black currants, plum skin, graphite and sweet but smoky baking spices. Swirling adds fresh plum puree, bloomed spices and dried herbs. The palate has squeezed black fruits, spice and a lifted floral note. Terrifically polished with fine accessible tannins and youthful drive. It has good length now but would benefit from a short decant or some bottle age.

Production notes

Fermented in 56% stainless steel and 44% concrete tanks.

Aged for 29 months in 73% new French oak barrels.

36 bottles produced.

Other notes

Drinkability:  now through 2033.

VarietalCabernet Franc
Varietal Composition85% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Aging29 months in 73% new French oak barrels
Volume1.5 liter

“There’s plenty to be happy about with the 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve, as it opens with aromas of vanilla crème brulee, dusty cherry skin, black plum and dark chocolate on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, a rocky essence fills the mid-palate, showing a balanced structure with a subtle hint of dried herbs, spice plum reduction and subtle flavors of cardamom madeleines. Lingering with persistence and focus, the wine offers elegance, with still-tight tannins. Nicely done.” -90 points, Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate

“Scheduled to be bottled by the time you read this review, the 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve is based on 85% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot. Deep purple/ruby-colored, with classy Cabernet Franc notes of red and black fruits, lead pencil, exotic flowers, and forest floor. This spicy, complex, seamless 2017 has terrific balance, medium to full body, and a great finish.” -92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck,

Royal Slope AVA:  Bacchus, Dionysus, Stillwater Creek, Solaksen, and Scarline vineyards.

Red Mountain AVA:  Canyons, Angela's, Red Mountain, Quintessence, and Hedges Family Estate vineyards.

Walla Walla Valley AVA:  Blue Mountain vineyard.

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