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Matthews Conner-Lee Cabernet Franc 2003

Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

"The 2003 Cabernet Franc Reserve "Conner Lee Vineyard" is 100% varietal. Late picked and aged for 24 months in French oak, 80% new, this is a benchmark for Cabernet Franc. Purple/black in color, the wine delivers a superior aromatic array of pain grille, graphite, truffle, menthol, clove, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a lavish, mouth-filling, thick wine which does not reveal its 15.4% alcohol. There are huge flavors of mint, menthol, licorice, and black fruits, well concealed tannins, and a 60+ second finish. This is a Cabernet Franc against which all others should be measured (but quantities are limited)." - Wine Advocate

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Matthews Estate

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Matthews Estate, , Washington
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Established in 1993, Matthews Winery is located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Country. The boutique winery is owned by a local family and focuses on maintaining production of Bordeaux-style and single varietal vineyard-designated wines. Matthews uses grapes grown in Washington state from vineyards that have experience and respect for nature and its soil. The winery and winemaker, Aryn Morell, believe that there is a deep and tangible link between the vines, hills, winegrowers and winemakers, and carries this proof of affinity into every aspect of wine making—from the vineyard to the cellar, from the vine to the wine bottle. The numerous accolades we receive from trade and consumers alike are an undeniable proof and future motivation to us.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

CSEMACLCF_2003 Item# 92403

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