We likely don’t mention it as often as we should, but Matchbook Wine Company does its best to donate to nonprofits and fundraisers in the greater Sacramento/Davis/Woodland region. This month, for instance, we’ve donated a mixed case of Matchbook wines to Sacramento’s public television affiliate KVIE for their annual Uncorked event on Thursday, March 26.
According to the event’s website, Uncorked “supports the non-profit mission of KVIE Public Television – offering a world of ideas, arts and adventures to everyone in our region.”
With that in mind, we’re happy to know that attendees will be enjoying Matchbook wines while auctioning items and listening to live music by Frankie Moreno.
With over 60 acres of tempranillo vines, Matchbook Wine Company is home to over 5% of California’s yield. And why shouldn’t it be? This Spanish varietal is right at home in the Dunnigan Hills.
Matchbook Vineyard’s soil is known as Corning Red Gravel, and it is precisely that: Red gravel that doesn’t hold much water. In this respect, the Dunnigan Hills aren’t so different from the chalky soils of Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, where some of the world’s best Tempranillo comes from. We like to use the Corning Red to our advantage with a bit of irrigation, helping to concentrate flavors and minimize the juice-to-skin ratio.
The winemaking process for our Tempranillo focuses on taming tannins during fermentation, then aging in oak barrels to further soften and smooth out the characters. A Matchbook favorite, this offbeat Spanish varietal is vital not only in our Tempranillo and Rosé of Tempranillo, but also our Tinto Rey signature red blend.
Matchbook Wine Company grows three distinct tempranillo clones:
(Ribera del) Duero
These are our vineyard’s oldest vines, showing vigorous upright vine growth with large, papery leaves. They yield big clusters, big berries and great flavor development early on. Juicy grapes and thin skin make this cultivar perfect for “juice bleeding” (or as the French say, “saignée“), which is the source for our Rosé program.
Tinta de Toro
Last year (2014) was the first vintage for our Tinta de Toro, and we were impressed. Big and intense with chewy tannins and incredible concentration, we’re excited to see how these vines mature. We’re currently in the process of training these vines into a Hungarian Curtain trellis system.
Our Rioja vines were just planted in 2014, and have yet to see a single grape. However, this fall we’ll be including them in Matchbook’s 2015 Rosé of Tempranillo. Expect to see our Rioja from the 2016 crush season in future Matchbook reds.