October 2012 – Matchbook Wines

Month: October 2012



October 10th, 2012

Syrah is Vancouver WOW

by: Lane Giguiere

The Vancouver Sun chose 2009 Matchbook Syrah as a Wine Pick of the Week for October 6:

“Long story short, John Giguiere once lit a wheat field on fire hence the Matchbook name. The syrah is aged in an assorted mix of oak from France, Hungary and America for 26 months but only 22 per cent is new. There is nine per cent Sonoma cabernet sauvignon in the mix to add some structure to the rich blustery syrah fruit with its mocha, blueberry, and spiced fruit flavours. Soft and ready to drink with stuffed turkey.”

88 Points

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October 8th, 2012

Press Demo Plugs Mossback

by: Lane Giguiere

The Press Demo, Santa Rosa’s daily newspaper, recommended 2009 Mossback Cabernet in their weekly lineup of wines to try for October 7:

Mossback, 2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.9 percent, $25. A concentrated cab with notes of blackberry, chocolate, leather and spice. A cab with good bones. Seamless, with ripe tannins.”


October 5th, 2012

A No-Brainer Buy!

by: Lane Giguiere

Palm Beach Post wine columnist Jennifer Podis recommended and reviewed 2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo on October 2:

2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, California ($10 crewwinestore.com) Matchbook, from the Crew Wine Company, has seven products, all focusing on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. The rosé of tempranillo is a blend of 80 percent rosé of tempranillo, 12 percent rosé of syrah, and 8 percent rosé of malbec. The color was stunning, best described as burnt salmon. Although it had strawberry, raspberry and light cherry on the nose, it was still a subtle aroma. The body carried more weight than the typical rosé, and the flavor profile was a little more complicated than your simple picnic sipper. I tasted some spice, red fruits and even cola on the finish. I found an intriguing balance of acidity and creaminess here. This is a no-brainer buy, as far as palate and price are concerned.”

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