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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"(aged for 23 months in 100% new French oak): Bright medium ruby.  Deep scents of cassis, black cherry, licorice, and sweet chocolatey oak, lifted by a note of violet.  Considerably sweeter and richer than the Petit Barone, but with excellent vinosity and energy to the tactile, ripe flavors of dark berries, violet, menthol and bitter chocolate.  Finishes chewy, rich, building tannins and excellent length and lift.  This substantial, glossy Cabernet is balanced from the outset but should evolve gracefully over the next decade."

                                                                                                             -Stephen Tanzer

90 points, Vinous

Matthew Loso first got the wine bug as a server, when an unexpected personnel change caused the Maître d’Hotel at a high-end restaurant in Seattle to suddenly proclaim him the “wine captain”. That was 1988, and he was a senior at Liberty High School in Issaquah, WA. By 1990 his focus had changed from serving wine to making wine. His first crush was at (long-gone) French Creek Cellars in Woodinville, where he spent 2 vintages, before going on to work under David Lake, MW at Columbia Winery. He went on from there to continue his craft at McCrea Cellars, one of Washington early Rhone specialists.

In 1993, Matthew launched Matthews Cellars (later Matthews Estate) with 75 cases of Red Table Wine, and a star was born. He remained at his namesake winery until 2008, when he sold his share of Matthews Estate to concentrate on his consulting business, which was booming along with the explosive growth of the Washington wine industry. Matthew has been making Barons wines from the very beginning, and brings a wealth of knowledge unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest, on both the technical and practical sides.

As one of Washington’s pioneer winemakers, he has mentored many winemakers who have gone on to fame and fortune, and is regularly consulted by other winemakers all across the region and beyond for his broad understanding of viticulture and viniculture. His wines (both at Barons and elsewhere) have received critical acclaim, more 90+ point ratings than can be counted, and most importantly, have stood the test of time. He believes that vineyard practices are just as important to the finished wine as what goes on at the winery, and spends untold hours in the vineyards each growing season.

Believing that in order to make world-class wine you have to know what it tastes like, Matthew has made a point of tasting the world’s greatest wines. An ardent collector, he has traveled extensively throughout the world’s classic wine regions, learning something from each area as he went along.

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