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2018 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Decanter Magazine – Rated 94 Points: The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from Rutherford and is 100% varietal. Revealing a deep purple color and an impressive nose of darker cassis and blue fruits as well as tobacco leaf, graphite, and lead pencil, it’s nicely textured, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age to round into form, but it should drink well for a decade.
2018 Mathew Bruno Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 94 Points: Slightly more expensive, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard comes from a site on Pritchard Hill and is 100% Cabernet. It reveals loads of blueberries, mulberries, camphor, new leather, spice, and flowery incense in its aromatics. Beautiful on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness as well as ripe tannins and terrific balance, this is another impressive wine from Mathew Bruno that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years.
2019 Mathew Bruno Carneros Chardonnay: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 91 Points: The 2019 Chardonnay, which comes all from Carneros, has a terrific nose of white peach, toasted bread, acacia flowers, and spice. This carries to a medium-bodied Chardonnay offering a soft, forward texture, rock-solid overall balance, and a great finish. I don’t think it’s going to make old bones, but it’s one delicious drink right now.
2018 Mathew Bruno Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: James Suckling – Rated 91 Points: This has a fruity nose of green apple, passion fruit and pomelo. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a creamy texture. Blanched almonds and wet stones on the finish. Drink now.
2018 Mathew Bruno Sauvignon Blanc: James Suckling – Rated 92 Points: A dense and layered white with sliced-pear and peach character. Green apples. Lovely fruit and intensity. Flavorful finish. Quite a big style of sauvignon with lots of dried-apricot flavor. Drink now.
2018 Mathew Bruno Rosé: James Suckling – Rated 90 Points: A rosé that reminds me of a solid Tavel, with strawberries and peaches. Full-bodied. Flavorful and delicious. Dense and layered. Drink now.
2018 Mathew Bruno Rosé: Sunset International Wine Competition – Rated Gold, 91 Points
2017 Mathew Bruno Sauvignon Blanc: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 90 Points: An outstanding wine, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is a medium-bodied, vibrant, balanced effort that has classic bright citrus, lemon zest, and a touch of crushed rock-like minerality. I love its freshness and purity, and it’s nicely textured. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years.
2016 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 95 Points: As to the red, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty that was brought up in 100% new French and American oak. This purple-hued wine has a spicy bouquet of new saddle leather, dried tobacco, graphite, and spicy oak, ample cassis fruits, full-bodied richness, and a pure, seamless, elegant style that’s incredibly satisfying. The American oak gives it a slightly old-school, spicy vibe, and I suspect it will drink beautifully for 15-20 years.
2016 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate – Rated 94+ Points: Deep purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford (100% Cabernet) opens with menthol, cassis, warm plums and black cherries plus earth and cigar box. The palate is medium to full-bodied and vibrant with loads of oak and perfumed fruit framed by firm, grainy tannins and finishing long.
2016 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: James Suckling – Rated 92 Points: Some strident oak in the mix here with a wealth of baking spices and ripe dark plums on offer. The palate delivers a suave array of long and juicy blue-fruit flavors. Really even and plush, there’s a sense of purity and precision here. Drink or hold.
2016 Mathew Bruno Sauvignon Blanc: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 89 Points: The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is enjoyable, with a touch of citrus oil and minty herb aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, supple and has some solid mid-palate heft and texture, and it should shine on the dinner table.
2015 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: James Suckling – Rated 90 Points: A big and juicy red with plum and berry character. Full and layered with velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A little overdone but still attractive. Drink or hold.
2015 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Jeb Dunnuck – Rated 95 Points: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard that was brought up in a mix of new French and American oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a gorgeous wine that’s a spitting image of class and finesse. Currants, high-class oak, hints of crème de cassis and crushed flowers all flow to a layered, full-bodied, multi-dimensional beauty that does everything right. With fine tannin, beautiful purity of fruit and a great finish, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring yet keep for two decades.
2015 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Robert Parker’s, The Wine Advocate – Rated 91 Points: Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a seriously medicinal nose with fried herbs and pepper over a core of crème de cassis and baked plums plus a hint of potpourri. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with chewy tannins and an herbal lift on the finish.
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Sunset International Wine Competition – Rated Gold, 93 Points
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: West Coast Wine Competition – Rated Double Gold, Best of Class, 95 Points
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: New World International Wine Competition – Rated Gold
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Restaurant Wine by Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier – Rated Excellent: “Excellent quality for its type, style and price. Among the very best for its price. Highly recommended.”
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Enthusiast – Rated 92 Points: “Soft and supple on the palate, this impressive wine is lightly spiced with dust and clove, its tannins rounded and in support of lingering cassis and red cherry flavors. Mocha and tobacco lend additional depth and complexity as it unfolds, punctuated by juicy acidity.”
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Blue Lifestyle/Anthony Dias Blue – Rated 94 Points: “Silky and tangy, juicy and pure; generous plum and cassis; bright and toasty with notes of earth and new oak; balanced and long.”
2013 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Forbes Magazine, These Splurge-Worthy Wine Are Perfect For Celebrating The Holidays This Year: “Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is perfect for this time of year with its winter spice and black-cherry compote on the nose and flavors of kirsch-filled chocolates and licorice.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon & 2016 Mathew Bruno Sauvignon Blanc: The Napa Wine Project: “Mathew’s philosophy is to make balanced and approachable wines – and they have certainly done so with the two wines we tried.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: California Wine Advisors – Rated 96+ Points: “A classic example of Rutherford Cabernet, the 2012 Mathew Bruno presents itself as inky black in the glass. The bouquet is stunning, showcasing the black currant, blueberry, and anise notes typical to the area. The palate develops in complexity, offering layers of red and black berry, spice box, and baking chocolate that culminate in a striking finish that is focused and shows fantastic length. Delicious right out of the gate, the patient collector will be well-rewarded for cellaring another 5-7 years and drinking for another decade beyond that.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: The Tasting Panel/Anthony Dias Blue, Executive Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition – Rated 95 Points: “Smooth and juicy with dark color, deep plum and blackberry fruit; rich, beautifully structured and complex with rich texture and lovely depth; long and balanced.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Restaurant Wine by Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier – Rated Excellent: “Excellent, among the very best for its type, style & price. Full bodied, complex in flavor and quite rich.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: C Magazine, “In the Red” (as published in the November 2015 issue with Mathew Bruno Wines, Gary Farrell Winery and Frank Family Vineyards): “Give thanks and raise a glass this season with three new noteworthy California wines.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Fortune Magazine, 10 Enchanting Red Wines For Valentines Day 2016: “Now only in its fourth vintage, the Mathew Bruno 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a dark-fruited juicy Cab with pretty chili, spice and nutmeg accents. Its tannins are fine and smooth, but its backbone is firm-there’s no extra flab on this guy.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Kerrin Laz, K. Laz Wine Collection: “I tasted this wine blind at the end of January and was able to re-taste it a few weeks ago and I’m happy to say, this is one of the best Beckstoffer George III Vineyard Cabernets coming from this hallowed Rutherford vineyard. It was aged for 24 months in new oak and on the palate offers supple, seamless black and red fruit that with sourcing from Beckstoffer GIII Vineyard, often commands double the price than this current release. It is an over-deliverer from the nose to the finish. I highly recommend getting a few bottles.”
2012 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Bounty Hunter Rare Wines and Spirits: “This is quite a special Cabernet Sauvignon. 2012 was a superb growing season, and this wine represents the essence of Rutherford and its famed dusty minerality. This wine will age 10 years if you need it to, but it tastes pretty darn fine right this evening.”
2010 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits added Mathew Bruno to their well regarded catalog who ships to over 2 million people across the United States. Bounty Hunter claims, “They certainly got our attention and even though this family is new to the game, they are working with some serious fruit and making some even more serious juice.”
2009 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Spectator Magazine named Mathew Bruno “A successful debut in a challenging year.”