Head Winemaker, Dan Cederquist’s final #harvest2017 update: “The last grapes of the 2017 Harvest were crushed as we prepared to turn the calendar to November. The last day we crushed grapes was October 28th. We totaled 2,833 tons our largest harvest yet! The 2017 Vintage in the Dunnigan Hills will be highlighted by excellent concentration and extraction mostly due to the warmer weather, stronger winds and longer hang time. Our Vineyard Managers kept all the fruit in great shape during all these conditions and allowed us to harvest some of the best grapes in California. The first 2017 vintage wine to release will be our Tinto Rey Rose later this month! The Rose is an exciting blend of Tempranillo, Tannat and Verdejo – vibrant and fresh with crisp acidity.
“Harvest is in full swing at Matchbook Wine Company. We have all our Chardonnay off the vine and in the winery fermenting in barrel. Our Rosés are fermenting away nicely at 50 degrees,” said Dan Cederquist, head winemaker at Matchbook Wine Company. “The quality of fruit has the makings of an exceptional year. We have had 10 days of cooler temperatures in the Dunnigan Hills. This weather has slightly delayed the red varietals harvest date, but we are loving how the fruit looks and tastes out in the vineyard. The longer hang time in the vineyard is increasing flavor complexity.”
Matchbook Wine Company Kicks Off 2017 Harvest 10 Years of Crushin’ It!
Zamora, CA (August 25, 2017) – Early this morning, Matchbook Wine Company began picking the first grapes of the 2017 Harvest from the Matchbook Estate Vineyards in California’s Dunnigan Hills. The first to be picked is Verdejo from Matchbook Block 12. Verdejo is an aromatic white wine varietal originally from Spain.
“2017 is a special harvest here at Matchbook as it marks our 10th crush at our Dunnigan Hills winery. We have grown 6-fold in the last 10 years.” says John Giguiere, Owner, Matchbook Wine Company. “I am proud of the wines we have produced and am excited about the quality of the wines to come from Matchbook.”
The 2017 Harvest is right on schedule with historical averages, but slightly later than the past few years. The Matchbook Vineyards fared well through the generous winter rains and summer heat spikes of 2017 thanks to the well-draining, Red Corning Gravel soil and rolling hills in the vineyards. Over the next several weeks, the grapes will be tasted and tested block by block and row by row, until they reach the peak of ripeness. Next, the grapes will be harvested at night to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and delivered within 30 minutes to the winery, crushed and fermented into wine.
“Harvest is an exciting time because it showcases a year’s worth of work in the vineyards,” said Winemaker Dan Cederquist. “2017 is shaping up to be a superior vintage. We are excited to get going.”
About Matchbook Wine Company East of Napa, Left of Center: Family owned Matchbook Wine Company is tucked away in Northern California’s gently rolling Dunnigan Hills. The Giguiere family pioneered grape growing in this region in 1981. By 1993, they had succeeded in making the Dunnigan Hills a nationally recognized American Viticultural Area. The Matchbook flame is an homage to the Giguiere brothers’ youthful fascination with fire. Today, Matchbook Wine Company produces 110,000 cases and 15 unique wines from the Dunnigan Hills and other select growing regions. For more information, visit www.matchbookwines.com.
Harvest will be here soon and we have started sugar sampling. Our winemaking and vineyard teams are tasting and testing our vineyard blocks regularly. The goal of sugar sampling is to determine if the grapes have reached optimal ripeness and are ready to be harvested. #harvest2017#matchbookwines