International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11th. Today (and every day) we recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. We want to shine the spotlight on an awesome woman on our team – lab director, Mikayla Callen Ruvalcaba. She is pictured above testing the yeast and checking fermentation on our Malbec, Cabernet, and Petit Verdot.
Mikayla has been working with Matchbook since the summer of 2013. She is originally from Wisconsin and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Carroll University in WI. Mikayla loves reading, writing, and spending time with her adorable 8-month old son and loving husband.
Thanks for all you do, Mikayla!
After fermentation is complete, cellar crew members must take on the feat of scooping tons of grape skins out of our wine tanks. With the proper gear and some muscle, our hardworking crew gets down and dirty. Every year there is a fierce and friendly competition between the crew to get on the leaderboard for the most tons shoveled. To add to the fun, our Head Winemaker, Dan Cederquist, adds a silver plaque with the winner’s name to a shiny silver shovel that hangs all year in the winery office. This year, the winner was also the recipient of a custom made silver shovel t-shirt.
Our 2020 winner was J.P. Bermudez, coming in at 486.1 tons!
“J.P. was an incredible force this year, jumping into nearly all the tanks in the first 5 weeks. He was the clear leader from the beginning and had such a commanding lead that at the end. When he was called back to run the bottling line there was nobody close to catching him. J.P. ended up with 486.1 tons.” – Dan Cederquist
Also, recognized for his efforts for the 2019 year, was Adan Gallo who received a custom t-shirt to show off his bragging rights. But he didn’t let that silver shovel go easily …
“2019 was a huge year for us with over 2200 tons of reds fermentation. Adan dug out a record 498.7 tons nearly breaking the 500-ton mark. These 2 guys are some of the hardest working crew that I’ve ever seen. Hats off to them both!”- Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker
Cheers to both J.P. and Adan, we’re proud to have you as part of our team!
Fun facts about your favorite Chardonnay!
- World-Class Terroir: We grow our Chardonnay in northern California’s rolling Dunnigan Hills appellation, a region celebrated for its corning red soil. This red, gravelly earth drains extremely well, allowing our vineyard crew to control our crop’s water intake. As a result, the grapes produce smaller berries with intensified flavors.
Homegrown Quality: Estate Bottled – Beginning with the 2012 vintage, Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay has been 100% grown, produced and bottled on our Dunnigan Hills estate.
Family Owned – The Giguiere family grew up in rural Yolo County, founding the historic RH Phillips winery and establishing the Dunnigan Hills appellation. Matchbook Chardonnay carries on our long tradition of wines that are East of Napa. Left of Center.
Consistency – For a Chardonnay hitting the shelves at $15 per bottle, our wine celebrates a remarkable history of great scores from experts at the Tasting Panel, Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Advocate. Robert Parker appreciates Old Head Chardonnay’s “excellent ripeness, medium body, good purity and … very subtle dosage of oak.” We agree.
Hand-Crafted: We carry out an intense regimen; hand-stirring the lees sediment into our Chardonnay every ten days as it ages in-barrel to soften the wine and broaden the palate. That classic, rich mouthfeel in your glass? You can thank our cellar crew for working it into the wine.
Barrel Aged: We named this Chardonnay “Old Head’’ because it is aged primarily in barrels used in previous vintages, which results in more nuanced oak extraction. We use a blend of barrels, old and new, to add complexity.
World Cooperage Fusion: A hybrid of American and Hungarian staid barrels with Hungarian toasted heads. These bring a robust oak character that elevates the tropical notes of our Dunnigan Hills fruit.
Cote d’Or, D’aquitaine, Marques and Ingenieux: our four French brands. Cote d’Or and Ingenieux contribute exotic spices and caramelly toast, while D’aquitaine and Marques have a very nice vanilla oak spice and an enticing hint of bacon.
Vineyard Selected: We grow multiple clones of Chardonnay in our vineyard to create one unique, complex wine.
Clone 4: Our bread-and-butter fruit, clone 4 adds luscious tropical characters dominated by pineapple.
Clone 17: Known for its small clusters and berries, the intense Robert Young clone contributes Pippin apple and subtle mineral characters.
Clone 809: Exotic flavors of white flower mingle with honeysuckle and apricot.
Dijon Clones (95, 124 and 76): Among the earliest to harvest, these grapes add chalky mineral characters with some Chablis-like tropicality.
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We just received two 90-point reviews from Anthony Dias Blue’s Blue Lifestyle!
2018 The Arsonist Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
91 POINTS – Smooth and creamy with nice depth and balance; rich, complex and subtle with vanilla new oak and ripe – but not heavy – fruit; long and generous. Buy a bottle!
2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
90 POINTS – A surprisingly impressive wine at this price; lush and creamy with ripe fruit and notes of vanilla oak; dense and rich but tangy and balanced. Buy a bottle!
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