Jackie Burrell at the San Jose Mercury News drove out to the Dunnigan Hills to visit Matchbook Wine Company’s tasting room a few weeks ago. Here’s what she had to say about it:
It was the promise of rolling hills, rosé beauties and an Arsonist or two that sent us out into the wilds of Yolo County last weekend. Now we’ve made a discovery a scant hour’s drive from Walnut Creek and we’re so pleased with ourselves, we’re a bit hesitant to share.
(F)rom this market umbrella-shaded perch on the stylish winery’s terrace, a glass of sublimely crisp sauvignon blanc or mellow Tinto Rey in hand, all you need is that view of rolling vineyards. And, depending on the day, savory tacos. Or chocolate.
Few people outside the Woodland/Davis/Sacramento region are familiar with the Dunnigan Hills appellation. And we don’t blame ’em. It’s not a particularly densely populated area, and the appellation itself has only been in existence since 1993–when we created it.
With that in mind, we thought we’d share a few things about our home out here in northern California’s Dunnigan Hills:
Here’s a nice write-up from Marc Bona out in Ohio on our Matchbook Tempranillo. Very exciting to see people taking note of our offbeat Mediterranean varietals!
California: Tastes like a Pinot Noir with some guts, this really opened into a smooth, dry, drinkable, all-purpose wine. Not too tannic or jammy. This wine is primarily Tempranillo and can be considered as such, but it has a few other grapes thrown in: Petit Verdot (10 percent), Graciano (9 percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (2 percent) and Merlot (2 percent). And yes, it’s a wine with a Spanish grape made in California. The cuttings of the vines in Dunnigan Hills, California, are imported from Spain.
Here’s a great review of our Matchbook 2010 Tinto Rey from Mike McVittie up in Anchorage, Alaska:
Wine of the week
The 2010 Matchbook Tinto Rey is one of the coolest projects ever. The Giguieres (the vineyard’s owners) have planted tempranillo and graciano, two of the very best Spanish grape varietals. This goes against the French model completely, but they are onto something here. This Tinto Rey is a blend of 49 percent tempranillo, 27 percent syrah, 15 percent graciano and 6 percent cabernet. The wine gives complex spicy aromas and flavors. It’s layered and structured across the palate. Fine-grain tannins complete the picture. It’s just a treasure. I always knew California could do great things with tempranillo, and planting graciano was brilliant. Drink now or hold a few years. Serve with grilled steaks and sausages. Costs about $18.