It’s officially Spring when the vineyards begin to sprout leaves and we start tearing them off. This labor intensive, very important step is called crown suckering where surplus shoots are removed from the vine’s cordon. As John Giguiere explains in the video, this is the first step in the season’s canopy management. Removing these unwanted shoots improves quality by reducing the density of the canopy and balancing the season’s crop level.
Our very own 2013 Matchbook Tempranillo was selected as one of Nick Passmore’s favorite Platinum Award winning wines from the 2017 Critics Challenge Wine Competition. Nick describes the wine in his forbes.com article as “An explosion of raspberry exuberance. As delightful as an aperitif as with food, a rare achievement.” To read the full article click here. To purchase a bottle and taste for yourself click here. Cheers!
If you stand in the middle of the Matchbook vineyard and wonder why we decided to plant grapes on the tops of these Dunnigan Hills, look down. The answer is underfoot. The rocks and red gravel are why we are here. Rocks don’t hold water, they provide no nutrients, this is heaven to a grape farmer. Vines need a little stress to produce flavorful grapes, and well-drained, rocky soils restrict vegetation and force vines to search deep for all-essential water and nourishment. This stress naturally reduces bunch and berry size, controls canopy development and builds strong roots.
Our delicious 2015 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay just scored 89 POINTS and Editors’ Choice from the Wine Enthusiast! We love this rich wine loaded with aromas and flavors of baking spices, butter and toasted-baguettes too! Click here for the full review.
We love the Matchbook 2014 Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, but it never hurts to have Wine Enthusiast highlight our first home grown vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon as a Crowd Pleaser and award it 88 POINTS in the Best of Year 2016 Issue. Click here to read the full review.