Matanzas Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 91798
  • red wine
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Representing the fifth vintage of Matanzas Creek's limited production Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah from four of Sonoma County's celebrated wine growing regions - Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennett Valley. The diversity of each of these varietals, and Sonoma County appellations, coalesce to fashion a truly distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon.

The dark, crimson color of this wine is immediately deceiving as it follows with a nose that is bright and alive with ripe red raspberry fruit, juicy currant, and a slight hint of nutty oak. The palate ensues with a harmonious marriage of both ripe red and black fruit accompanied by a dusty minerality that runs through the wine from beginning to end. The vivacious character of this wine, unique for Cabernet Sauvignon, reflects its model acidity. Merlot is included in the final blend as a means of balancing and enhancing mid-palate tannins, which often falter in Cabernet Sauvignon. The addition of Cabernet Franc and Syrah create more dynamic, intriguing aromas and encourage a longer, more gratifying, finish.

The goal of Winemaker Francois Cordesse, in collaboration with Vineyard Manager Brandon Axel and Assistant Winemaker Alex Rebel, is to craft a Cabernet Sauvignon that offers the substance and authority characteristic of the varietal while ensuring that the wine is approachable and easily paired with food in the very first year of its release. That said, this wine will continue to evolve and mature over the next five to seven years.

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danny boy - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/14/2010)
An excellent wine that is noteworthy for a) remarkable balance and restraint and b) real character that blends fruit (blackberries above all) with the right touch of cinnamon spice and tannin. Matanzas Creek would perform well in a head to head with cru bourgeois Bordeaux.
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Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley,...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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