October 2016 – Matchbook Wines

Month: October 2016



October 24th, 2016

89 POINTS & Best Buy for 2015 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay!

by: Mikaela Leach



2015 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay received 89 Points & Best Buy along with a glowing review from Tastings.com

“Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee and spicy apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, carefree nut brittle finish with light oak. A supple, round chardonnay with creamy oak and ripe tropical fruit.”

Please click here for the full review.




October 22nd, 2016

Matchbook strikes a fire in California Meetings + Events Fall 2016 Issue

by: Mikaela Leach


Who does not love to be called striking? California Meetings + Events feature article, Grape Update, highlights Matchbook’s striking tasting room and event space in a round-up of the best meeting and event sites in California’s wine country.

tasting1“…the striking Matchbook Winery tasting room with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces on a hilltop in the Dunnigan Hills AVA, a half-hour northwest of Sacramento.”

Beautiful vineyard views, amazing wines and just 30 minutes from Sacramento, we love it here too! To read the full article in California Meetings + Events, Fall Issue 2016 please click here and turn to page 36.

October 21st, 2016

Matchbook’s Flame Continues to Rise – 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon ADVANCES to Dunnigan Hills!

by: Mikaela Leach

Drone1VineyardDaySlidePresMatchbook’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.

October 20th, 2016

Texas Wine Lover review of Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2015

by: Mikaela Leach

A great review of Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay from TX Wine Lover. Following is an excerpt of the review.

Texas Wine Lover
Review of Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2015

by Jeremy Wilson
Published on October 13, 2016

MTCHBK-FrontBtl-15Chard-Low “This wine is 100% estate fruit, which means grown, produced, cellared, and bottled within the AVA. It is not an easy task to achieve with large production, but the Giguiere family is committed to mostly all estate grown grapes, and integrity in labeling. The wine is comprised of six different clones of Chardonnay (grown in the Dunnigan Hills AVA east of Napa Valley), to increase complexity. All fruit was harvested at night, and brought in before sunrise to ensure cool, rested grapes were crushed. A cocktail of compatible yeasts were utilized to ferment the wine. Clone 809 was fermented alone in steel tanks to retain its muscat character, while the remaining five clones were fermented and aged in French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels. It was aged on the lees for eight months, performing weekly battonage (stirring).

The wine shows its true color as it pours into the glass a light straw with a golden rim. The nose is complex from the get-go offering notes of lemon tarts, honeydew, and freshly peeled lemon rinds. The palate is driven by citrus and butter. Nuances of lemon candy, limes, cantaloupe, honeydew, and buttered toast send the senses into overdrive. The mouthfeel is full and textural; there is nothing boring about this wine.


Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay, 2015 vintage
Appellation: California, Dunnigan Hills AVA
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Barrels: 78% 2-5 year old barrels, 22% new oak barrels
Clarity/brightness: Clear/bright with no detectable flaws, and no evidence of gas or sediment
Tannins: Low
Acidity: High
Alcohol: Medium
Finish: Medium plus
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
pH: 3.73
Retail price: $15.00 at the time of review
Cases produced: 48,000

This bottle of Old Head (old head meaning used oak barrels) Chardonnay is impressive for the price. It competes with many others in the $15-20 price range, but with a bit more sophistication and elegance than some. It is not driven by malolactic fermentation, as the buttery aspect is minimal and well balanced. It is always nice to taste the fruit instead of oak and butter with a north coast California Chardonnay.”

If you would like to read the full review please visit Texas Wine Lover by clicking here.