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.
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.