Our very own 2013 Matchbook Tempranillo was selected as one of Nick Passmore’s favorite Platinum Award winning wines from the 2017 Critics Challenge Wine Competition. Nick describes the wine in his forbes.com article as “An explosion of raspberry exuberance. As delightful as an aperitif as with food, a rare achievement.” To read the full article click here. To purchase a bottle and taste for yourself click here. Cheers!
If you stand in the middle of the Matchbook vineyard and wonder why we decided to plant grapes on the tops of these Dunnigan Hills, look down. The answer is underfoot. The rocks and red gravel are why we are here. Rocks don’t hold water, they provide no nutrients, this is heaven to a grape farmer. Vines need a little stress to produce flavorful grapes, and well-drained, rocky soils restrict vegetation and force vines to search deep for all-essential water and nourishment. This stress naturally reduces bunch and berry size, controls canopy development and builds strong roots.
Our delicious 2015 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay just scored 89 POINTS and Editors’ Choice from the Wine Enthusiast! We love this rich wine loaded with aromas and flavors of baking spices, butter and toasted-baguettes too! Click here for the full review.
We love the Matchbook 2014 Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, but it never hurts to have Wine Enthusiast highlight our first home grown vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon as a Crowd Pleaser and award it 88 POINTS in the Best of Year 2016 Issue. Click here to read the full review.
Matchbook’s 2014 Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is our first home-grown vintage for this varietal, and we’re more than a little excited about this big, bold wine! Why? Great wines start in the vineyard and we love having the fruit under our watchful eyes from bud break to harvest. Our estate vineyards were designed for the Dunnigan Hills climate with the goal of producing top quality fruit. Our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards yield small clusters and berries allowing us to make this bold, rich and layered Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate
With aromas of blackberry, black cherry and toasty oak herald in flavors of boysenberry, vanilla and black currants, the 2014 Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful and complex wine. Hints of cigar box and tobacco emerge as this garnet red wine spends time in the glass. The dark fruit flavors on the entry lead to firm tannins on the finish.
Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is a source of pride for us at Matchbook and we are investing in it by continuing to plant new vineyards. Check out a video of our latest planting here. Rolling hills, arid soils and bright sunshine come together to make an ideal environment for our newest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills AVA. With the new vineyard, we now have 111 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on our estate. We look forward to future vintages being estate grown, produced and bottled.