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November 24th, 2020

The Arsonist Red Blend & Matchbook Cabernet Named Top 100! by Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

BREAKING NEWS! Our 2017 The Arsonist Red Blend made the Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Top 100 List coming in at #71.

This makes two (2!) Matchbook wines featured on Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 lists this year: 2018 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon coming in at #28 on the Top 100 Best Buy list and now 2017 The Arsonist Red Blend on the Top 100 list.

Our 2017 The Arsonist Red Blend will be on the list in Wine Enthusiast’s Best of the Year issue to be released on December 15.

Congrats again to our amazing winemaking and vineyard teams for working together to make fabulous, high-scoring wines from the Dunnigan Hills!


August 10th, 2020

Red Hot Ratings in the 90’s from Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

AWARD-WINNING LINEUP  

2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 
{ 91 points & Best Buy }

“This is a brawny, full-bodied and firmly tannic wine that’s nevertheless seductive, complex and layered. A dark color and impressions of tobacco, black currant, and sage make it delicious to sip.”
— Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine”

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2017 The Arsonist Red Blend
{ 92 points } 
“This wine is super concentrated and complex in its array of red and black fruit flavors, with subtle oak spices and a rich texture. A blend of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a mouthcoating effect and a lingering gorgeous finish.” 
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
{ 91 points }

“This wine is richly flavored and boldly tannic, literally coating the mouth. It is deep and dark in color, packed with blackberry jam and strawberry flavors, with a mouthfeel that is velvety in texture.”
—Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Watch &  Learn


Enjoy this video overview of Matchbook Wine Company’s Red Wine Program featuring Director of Winemaking, Dan Cederquist, and owner, John Giguiere. Get to know our award-winning wines through our soils, vineyard techniques, and excellent winemaking practices.
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Other recent scores in the 90’s »


August 13th, 2019

Wine Enthusiast Awards The Arsonist Chardonnay 93 Points & Editors Choice!

by: Virginia Valdez Sandfer

Wine Enthusiast has awarded The Arsonist 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonnay 93 points & Editors’ Choice and will be featured in their October 2019 issue. We are thrilled to receive our fourth consecutive 90+ point score from this prestigious magazine. We’d like to thank our stellar winemaking and vineyard team for crafting delicious high quality wines with the perfect balance of Power and Grace. We are heading into this year’s harvest with gold stars and good feelings!

Wine Enthusiast Full Review:

This indulgent, full-bodied wine goes all out on richness. Aromas of malted milk, vanilla and cream lead to layered hazelnut, crème brûlée and poached pear flavors, while the viscous texture carries through for a lingering finish. – JIM GORDON

Get a bottle of The Arsonist Estate Bottled Chardonnay, click here!

 

 

 

 


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 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.