Month: June 2015

 

June 25th, 2015

Alaska Loves The Arsonist

by: Dave Kempa

In case you’re not a subscriber to the Anchorage Daily News, we thought we’d share this excellent review from Michael McVittie:

The 2013 Arsonist is a blockbuster chardonnay. If you’re not a fan of rich, buttery-style chardonnays then you should stay away–which is fine, as that leaves more for the rest of us. The Giguieres have got this one dialed in. They’re the same ones who created Toasted Head back in the day. Now the aromas are strong and the mouthfeel is rich and textured. Glorious gobs of white stone fruits abound and toasty, creamy oak is sweet perfection. This much flavor usually costs you twice as much. Really, I was completely blown away with this one. Lobster, scallops and roast chicken covered in béarnaise sauce come to mind.

Sweet perfection, indeed.

June 18th, 2015

Three Gold Medals at SF Int’l Wine Comp

by: Dave Kempa

If you hadn’t yet noticed, it’s medal season in the wine industry. The results from the San Francisco Wine Competition are in, and we almost pitched the perfect game, with 17 of our 18 submissions taking home medals.

Particularly impressive was our Mossback label, taking home two Gold Medals–the Cabernet with a 91-point score:

2012 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon Gold and 91 points
2013 Sawbuck Malbec Gold and 91 points
2013 Mossback Pinot Noir Central Coast Gold
2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Red Blend Silver
2013 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon Silver
2014 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Silver
2013 Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay Bronze
2013 Matchbook Chardonnay Bronze
2012 Matchbook Syrah Bronze
2011 Matchbook Tempranillo Bronze
2014 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo Bronze
2013 Matchbook Range 19 Red Blend Bronze
2014 Mossback Chardonnay Bronze
2013 Mossback Pinot Noir Russian River Bronze
2013 Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon Bronze
2013 Sawbuck Chardonnay Bronze
2013 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Bronze

And yes, that is our Sawbuck Malbec up there with the 91-point Gold. Not bad for a $10 wine.

June 17th, 2015

95-point Pinot Noir at CA State Fair

by: Dave Kempa
Matchbook Wine Company has taken home 13 medals from the California State Fair—including 3 90-point scores! See below:
2013 Mossback Pinot Noir Central Coast Gold and 95 points, Best of Class of Region
2013 Mossback Pinot Noir Russian River Silver and 90 points
2013 Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon Silver and 90 points
2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Red Blend Silver
2013 Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay Silver
2011 Matchbook Tempranillo Silver
2013 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon Silver
2012 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon Silver
2013 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Silver
2013 Matchbook Chardonnay Bronze
2013 Sawbuck Malbec Bronze
2011 Matchbook Tinto Rey Bronze
2013 Mossback Chardonnay Bronze
The Central Coast Pinot Noir performed particularly well—95 points is quite the score, and we’re certainly proud of our Best of Class of Region!
Care to try it? Buy it here.

June 4th, 2015

Arsonist Red on Fire at LA Int’l

by: Dave Kempa

ArsnstRed12HiResJust a few months after its release and Matchbook’s 2012 The Arsonist Red Blend is already turning up the heat. This bold, powerful wine just walked away from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition with a Gold Medal… and a 91-point score from the judges!

With a label depicting Prometheus presenting fire to mankind, this wine is a Titan in a bottle, with 52% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot.

Haven’t tried it yet? Pick some up from our web store.

By the way, that’s not the only medal we took home from Los Angeles. Here’s the full list of winners:

Silver
  • Matchbook 2011 Tinto Rey Red Blend
  • Mossback 2012 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mossback 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • Sawbuck 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze
  • Matchbook 2013 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Matchbook 2011 Dunnigan Hills Tempranillo
  • Matchbook 2013 Old Head Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
  • Matchbook 2013 The Arsonist Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
  • Matchbook 2014 Dunnigan Hills Rose of Tempranillo
  • Mossback 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Chasing Venus 2013 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chasing Venus 2014 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
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