Matthiasson

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.280 ratings
9.218 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Bill Bender

First bottle since Saturday night’s bacchanal in tony West Des Moines (I still have 20+ wines to post)....it may be a combo of a great wine with low etoh and depriving myself for too long but this was just tremendous tonight. Formidable backbone and oozing balance, restraint and ripe red fruit. Floral dried cherry and pound cake.

First bottle since Saturday night’s bacchanal in tony West Des Moines (I still have 20+ wines to post)....it may be a combo of a great wine with low etoh and depriving myself for too long but this was just tremendous tonight. Formidable backbone and oozing balance, restraint and ripe red fruit. Floral dried cherry and pound cake.

May 26th, 2019
Ksandek Podbielski

Properly ripe and gorgeously restrained. Tastes like the work was done in the vineyard. A refreshing reminder that Napa isn't all Botox.

Properly ripe and gorgeously restrained. Tastes like the work was done in the vineyard. A refreshing reminder that Napa isn't all Botox.

Feb 8th, 2017
Matt Sterr

Big, brambly Berry and Cherry Flavors. Earth and herbal notes, with a touch of tar and wood. Lots going on. Very polished and silky.

Big, brambly Berry and Cherry Flavors. Earth and herbal notes, with a touch of tar and wood. Lots going on. Very polished and silky.

Sep 20th, 2016
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

9.3

Lives up to the hype. If you drink $60 Napa Cabs on the reg, you absolutely have to have the best Oak Knoll has to offer. Beats the Hell out of Trefethen. Looking forward to the white blend, which I purchased at the same time.

Dark, brilliant reflectivity, with a very bright purple rim. Dusty, yet velvety tannins, some tea leaf, blackberry compote, violets, perfume wafts out of the glass. Ability of this is in the classic range. A good decade on its side, could really show well with time. It's a rockstar now, don't get me wrong, just had a lot of potential. Absolutely ridiculous payout for a few Jacksons as of 2016.

Lives up to the hype. If you drink $60 Napa Cabs on the reg, you absolutely have to have the best Oak Knoll has to offer. Beats the Hell out of Trefethen. Looking forward to the white blend, which I purchased at the same time.

Dark, brilliant reflectivity, with a very bright purple rim. Dusty, yet velvety tannins, some tea leaf, blackberry compote, violets, perfume wafts out of the glass. Ability of this is in the classic range. A good decade on its side, could really show well with time. It's a rockstar now, don't get me wrong, just had a lot of potential. Absolutely ridiculous payout for a few Jacksons as of 2016.

May 7th, 2016
Andrew S

Cherries, beautiful acidity. Very food friendly

Cherries, beautiful acidity. Very food friendly

Jan 29th, 2016
Daron Watson

began bright dark fruits then went red ~ super silky old school ~ d!gg!n & will enjoy following!

began bright dark fruits then went red ~ super silky old school ~ d!gg!n & will enjoy following!

Oct 8th, 2015
Fred Dex

Master Sommelier

9.4

Excellent old school style Cab...refreshing for Napa Cab. More red fruits and cherries than black fruit. Beautiful wine!

Excellent old school style Cab...refreshing for Napa Cab. More red fruits and cherries than black fruit. Beautiful wine!

May 30th, 2015
Boxer Briefs

Tale of two 2012’s. The Mathiasson was properly ripe for a 2012 with balance and restraint. Really nice wine, I may have wanted more tannin structure. The Reynvaan was funky. There has to be a small bit of Rocks District Syrah in that bottle. It was undrinkable next to the Mathiasson.

Tale of two 2012’s. The Mathiasson was properly ripe for a 2012 with balance and restraint. Really nice wine, I may have wanted more tannin structure. The Reynvaan was funky. There has to be a small bit of Rocks District Syrah in that bottle. It was undrinkable next to the Mathiasson.

Mar 21st, 2020
Boxer Briefs

Texture is ridiculous. Silk, Dark cherry, not syrupy, great balance of fruit and green, no overt oak. Want more tension. But, really good stuff.

Texture is ridiculous. Silk, Dark cherry, not syrupy, great balance of fruit and green, no overt oak. Want more tension. But, really good stuff.

Mar 7th, 2017
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May 5th, 2016