This is a big, opulent wine that presents with a deep ruby color and loads of ripe black fruit cassis, cherry, currant and plum skin. The barrel notes are not subtle either, with tobacco, truffles, and cedar coming through on both the the nose and palate. But despite all that show, it's a very composed wine. When contrasted with the sultry, contemplative Matthews Merlot a right bank inspired Bordeaux blend the Cabernet is powerful and showy, but still easy to approach and easy to drink. This wine will hit its prime drinking window at around 5 years and continue to show in its youthful form through 12 or even 14 years.