August 2012 – Matchbook Wines

Month: August 2012



August 28th, 2012

Excellent! Matchbook Rose

by: Lane Giguiere rates our 2010 Matchbook Rose Excellent and 91 Points!

“This is a Rose made from Tempranillo grown in a warm climate on a low mountain range in the Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County. Matchbook started in 2001 when they found an abandoned sheep ranch and decided to make a go at a winery. The location was perfect for grape growing with its rocky, well-drained, loamy soils.

This Rosé is an Estate Bottled blend of Tempranillo (80%), Rose of Syrah (11%), and Rose of Malbec (9%) grown from their Matchbook Vineyard. After crushing the Tempranillo grapes, they “bled” a small amount of the juice off the skins before it had a chance to color the juice. The juice was then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Who knew such remarkable results could be achieved with this grape in this location fermented by this technique.

Aromas of sweet rainier cherries with a hint of fresh ginger waft from the glass shortly after pouring. Refreshing flavors of ice-cold watermelon and citrus flow across the palate and the citrus note hangs on through the finish. This is a great stand-alone sipper. It will pair well with Asian foods as well. 560 case production.”
Rating: Excellent (91) | $10 | 13.9% ABV

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August 2nd, 2012

Tempranillo Rose WOW

by: Lane Giguiere

2011 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo is Milwaukee Magazine’s Wine of the Week for July 30, 2012. Wine columnist Kristine Hansen says:

“Summer’s not over yet, which means I’m not going to stop recommending Rosé wines just yet! 2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo (Dunnigan Hills, California, $10) has an herbaceous nose and notes of cola and cassis. This light-bodied and well-balanced Rosé would likely please a variety of palates. Consider stocking up on this for impromptu porch chats or back-yard dinners with friends and family.”