January 2013 – Matchbook Wines

Month: January 2013



January 7th, 2013

Syrah is Pick of Week

by: Lane Giguiere

Our 2010 Matchbook Syrah is Pick of the Week with a 90-point score in SeattlePi.com January 6, 2013!

“2010  MatchBook Syrah (Dunnigan Hills, California)

I am a big fan of the MatchBook wines which are part of the Crew Wine Co. Portfolio. They are wines that over-deliver for the price. The first wine I ever tasted from MatchBook was the Tempranillo, which turned out to be a big hit at the store, and I thought it was an incredible value.  This Syrah has everything in it for the serious syrah lover. MatchBook Winery is located in the Dunnigan Hills AVA  in the Sacramento Valley and has a Mediterranean like climate. The largest winery in this AVA is RH Phillips which you may be familiar with since they produce Toasted Head Chardonnay.

90% Syrah and 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon this syrah has a brooding nose of bread crust, blackberries and black plums. If you have the patience, let this breath a little and the aromas pop. Otherwise, they are a little restrained. In the mouth the wine is tight and bright with an almost meat like quality to it (venison perhaps). Flavors of mint, cassis and blueberry come through on the front of the palate with a nice intensity and vibrant acidity. There is a little citrus element that comes through on the mid-palate that follows into the finish. It is blueberries meet citrus with a splash of smoke and mint. This syrah has a lot of muscle to it and is well integrated. I like it now, but it will definitely age well over the next 3-5 years and if you have the patience I believe you will be rewarded. Pair it up with some lamb or BBQ ribs and WOW!  90 points”

January 4th, 2013

Miranda Kerr & Sawbuck?

by: Lane Giguiere

Wine on the Dime is a fun and clever blog that focuses on wines under $15. The last post of 2012 was on our 2010 Sawbuck Malbec:

“This is a very luscious, dark wine.  If you could stuff Miranda Kerr into a bottle, then this is probably what you would get.  I don’t know why you would want to do that because…well…it’s Miranda Kerr.  It had a great clarity and I got a strong aromas of blackberries and vanilla.

This wine had a nice, full body with a smooth texture.  There was a slight bit of apple hidden among the blackberry with a kiss of vanilla at the end.  There was a nice, long finish that really showcased the dark fruit in the wine.”

Read the entire article here.


January 3rd, 2013

2010 Syrah in Detroit News

by: Lane Giguiere

Our 2010 Matchbook Syrah is featured in the January 2, 2013, Detroit News in Sandra Silfven’s On the Wine Shelf column:

“Matchbook Syrah Dunnigan Hills Calif. 2010, $16: This is an earthy, rustic, robust Syrah bolstered with some Cabernet Sauvignon, designed to lift up a varietal that never really hit its stride in California. It’s all about dark berries, plums, cherries and dusty cocoa-powder tannins. A wine to pair with charred steaks, robust beef stews and venison. Matchbook is made by Crew Wine Co., established by John and Lane Giguiere in 2005 — the Giguieres have been fixtures in the Dunnigan Hills near Sacramento since the early 1980s with brands such as R.H. Phillips and Toasted Head. The Matchbook name is derived from John Giguiere’s childhood fascination with setting things on fire such as his father’s wheat fields.”

Read the entire review here

January 2nd, 2013

Tempranillo in Chicago Trib

by: Lane Giguiere

The Chicago Tribune featured our 2009 Matchbook Tempranillo in Bill St. John’s December 26 How to Pair Wine column:

“2009 Matchbook Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, California:

Super buy in concentrated but lively, even buoyant, aroma and dark red fruit; moderately tannic and cleansing; good acidity for a red. $15″

He paired the wine with a tasty seared steak with tapenade. Read the entire review.