Matthews Cellars‘Â tasting room in Woodinville has a winning combination — robust Bordeaux-style wines and the friendliest tasting roomÂ people around. Whenever I drop by, I experience some fine wines and learn the latest news in Woodinville wine country. In addition to pouring some ridiculouslyÂ good reds over the last few years, the friendly folks at Matthews Cellars told us to be sure to visit Brian Carter Cellars, JM Cellars, Page CellarsÂ and William Church Winery, to name a few. Now that’s Woodinville wine country spirit!
I recently visited Matthews Cellars’ tasting roomÂ with my nephew Mathew (only one “t” in his name), and they didn’t even mind that his cute little dog Edie trotted in behind us. Everybody in the tasting room fell in love with Edie, andÂ Mathew and I both fell head-over-heels withÂ Matthews’ 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine.
This library wine is a premium Bordeaux-style red blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. Winemaker Matthew Loso sourced fruit from “only the most prestigious vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations.” And it shows. My tasting notes were very brief: “Elegant. Rich. Velvety. Love it!” (I was too busy sipping, chatting, enjoying the fuss over Edie, myÂ cool nephewÂ and the fun conversation to write more elaborate notes.)
The 2001 Columbia Valley Red Wine is drinkable now through 2016. I know because one of the coolest things that Matthews Cellars’ Web site offers is a Library page that lists all the library wines and their years of drinkability. I wish all winery Web sites offered that feature.Â (Transparent plug: Trust me when I give Web site advice. My business, Write for Wine, creates Web site content for wineries, wine bars, distributors andÂ other organizations in the wine industry. I’ve been working in interactive media since 1994.)
Back to Matthews Cellars — I also give very high marks to Matthews Cellars 2003 Conner Lee Cabernet Franc–a deep ruby 100% Cab Franc that is only available in a 3-bottle wooden box (3-750 ml. bottles) for $330.00.Â This wine is both sensuous and elegant, and a must-have for Cab Franc lovers. It will be high on my holiday gift wish list!