Wine Buy of the Day: Sheltered In, Day #2
offered by http://www.garagistewine.com
2017 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19.94
Perfect example of high-quality Columbia Valley Cabernet and why this region is one of Washington’s best. Winery bottle price is $34.
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garagistewine.com is the most peculiar online retailer I follow. One reason is that its founder Jon Rimmerman who has been offering wines for over 20 years often presents his daily offers late at night.
He was way ahead of the competition by offering Wind Gap wines months before the others.
He sometimes seems a bit chatty and becomes so excited and enthusiastic that he might belabor a point about a particular wine or region.
Here’s what he says about this Matthews’s wine: ”This is a coddled, “handmade” wine that deserves to be tasted and enjoyed. It’s on the same level (easily) as $50-75+ Napa/Sonoma bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon with a drive, energy and intensity (plus a downright regal stature) reserved for upper-tier examples. In other words, this is not some $19+ plonk, this is serious wine.”
He is also insistent about when he will ship your wines and specifies the required temperature and humidity for proper shipping.
But these minor quirks are greatly offset by these pluses:
He seeks out wines that are organic, biodynamic and farmed sustainably
He favors small artisan producers and family owned wineries
He obtains many wines direct so truly cuts out the middleman
He doesn’t use inflated scores from Somms or Parker types
His wines are attractively priced
And he is unpredictable, sometimes offering olive oil, nutella, or food items. All high quality.
I enjoy reading his detailed notes because he truly knows his stuff. His background insights about vintages and regions are extremely useful. He is particularly on top of the vintage variations in France’s Burgundy and the Rhone.
He provided a detailed report on 2016 and 2017 based on travels and tastings throughout France and it is spot on. His remarks about 2015 and 2016 Bordeaux are the most reliable in the wine trade.
And he has the inside track on Loire Valley wines:
“2018 is one of those “pinch me, this can’t possibly be true?” red wine vintages in the Loire. I can’t really compare it to anything else – it has the ripeness of a vintage like 1989 but the freshness of 1996 (another classic year.”
Check out garagistewine.com for this Cabernet and look for Loire wines.