January 2019 – Matchbook Wines

Month: January 2019



January 25th, 2019

Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay Awarded 90 Points & Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

The March issue of Wine Enthusiast will feature our 2017 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay with a 90-Point score and a Best Buy rating!

This is great, great news at the very beginning of the vintage. Once again: a huge thanks to our winemaking team for crafting such a fabulous wine; and another big thanks to vineyard crew for raising the bar on Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay. 

Get a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay, click here!

Full Review: Matchbook 2017 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills). This medium-bodied wine is subtle on the nose, but opens up on the palate to rich fruit and spice flavors that coat the tongue. It is balanced toward the soft side, but with underling acidity to balance the richness. Best Buy. — Jim Gordon

January 21st, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle Awards Matchbook 11 Silver Medals!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

The results from the San Francisco Wine Competition are in! Below are our silver medal award winners!

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2017 Matchbook Old Head Estate Bottled Chardonnay
2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay
2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
2016 The Arsonist Red Blend
2017 Black’s Station Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay
2017 Black’s Station Estate Bottled Malbec
2016 Mossback Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2015 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Super Tinto
2015 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Tempranillo
2017 Tinto Rey Estate Bottled Verdejo

January 8th, 2019

We’ve Been Stalked! The Wine Stalker Reviews Matchbook

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Starting 2019 out with a bang! We love these glowing reviews by wine blogger, Joey Casco, a.k.a. The Wine Stalker. (p.s. We love his hat & shirt, too!)

January Wine Pick: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous garnet. Even from a distance you get this floralness of rose petals and orange blossoms coming from the glass. Come in closer and there’s aromas of cassis and dark chocolate … I have yet to meet anybody who didn’t enjoy this when they taste it, and it’s my go-to suggestion for a $20 red blend.” Read the full review – click here.

Shop our wine store and buy: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend and the hat to match: click here.

Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo 
“On the nose this is much more floral and far less flinty. There’s aromas of peaches, pears, orange peel, and honeysuckle. It has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and an uplifting but restrained acidity. There’s flavors of peaches, pears, and kiwi. Then it finishes with kiwi and a little oak.” Read the full review – click here.

Try it! Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo, click here.

Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah 
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous ruby red. There’s aromas of plums, vanilla, black pepper, and bay leaf. On the palate it’s medium to full bodied with a rich mouthfeel that becomes a cloud of lushness when swirled around in the mouth. The tannins are both sweet and grippy, and the acidity is present but takes a seat in the back. There’s flavors of blackberries, red apple, black pepper, and vanilla. Then it finishes juicy with the tannins tightening their grip.” Read the full review – click here.

Get the Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah, click here.

January 2nd, 2019

Why Petit Verdot?

by: Lane Giguiere

Introducing Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petit Verdot

“Petit Verdot is extremely responsive to Matchbook’s soil type and growing conditions. Remarkably the vines can appear to be depleted yet the fruit is flavorful with intense dark color making it both a fun and challenging grape to farm.” -Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations

Petit Verdot bottle
  • Thought to be one of the first varieties originally planted in Bordeaux by the ancient Romans
  • It is one of Bordeaux’s classic varietals but gradually fell out of favor due to difficulty in obtaining ripeness; hence the name Petit Verdot which means “little green one”
  • Shows its true potential in warm regions on well-drained, gravel-based soils
  • The grape has thick skin and a natural acidity which adds tannin, color, floral aromas, spicy flavors and a minerally finish
  • Valued for yielding concentrated, full-bodied wines that are age-worthy
  • Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness

“Petit Verdot could be Dunnigan Hills’s best varietal. Yes, it has firm tannins and gives great structure to wines, but ours also shows beautiful aromas of violet and great fruit expression of blueberries. Depth, structure, aroma and flavor- this wine has it all. ”-Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker

Buy a bottle: click here to visit the Matchbook web store.