Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
$155.00 inc. GST
Case of 6+ bottles: only $129.00/bottle!
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94/100 – Decanter (2014 vintage)
“Matthiasson is always among my favorite representations of über-classic, elegantly crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and their 2017 is poised to make deafening noise on a global scale. This is one of the most sought-after, tried-and-true labels in America for a reason.” – Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier
Tasting Note: 2017 was mostly a mild year, with just one heat spell close to harvest to keep us on our toes. Flavors recovered nicely after the heat broke, and surprisingly the sugars stayed low, allowing us to pick fruit with low sugars and beautiful natural acidity. Luckily, we were completely finished with harvest by the time the fires hit, and we were able press our last tanks and wrap up the vintage while the helicopters flew overhead dropping water on the nearby flames. The vintage gave us an elegant Cabernet, a bit more fine-boned than usual, but not at all shy, instead full of joyful flavor…a wonderful exploration into a style of Cabernet even more reminiscent of the early days of Napa than is typical even for us. The nose shows abundant red fruits, lots of bright cherry along with bramble-berries, such as blackberry, cranberry, mulberry, and framed with hints of mineral/herbal characters such as graphite, cedar, and pencil shavings. The palate is vibrant and fresh, with light tannin and beautiful acidity. Decanting is highly recommended.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was fermented in small open-top tanks and either punched down or pumped over twice per day, depending on flavor; we don’t strive for a high rate of extraction, instead choosing to preserve the freshness and high-toned aromatics. Since the fermentation temperatures were cool, the fermentations were long and slow, mostly lasting around three weeks. The wine was pressed at dryness, blended immediately, and aged for 20 months in a combination of mostly used and a few new barrels (<20% new French oak). The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol is 13.0%, TA is 5.9 g/l, pH is 3.78. 1995 cases produced.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Coombsville, Rutherford and Oak Knoll AVAs, Napa, California