Reviews – Matchbook Wines

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August 17th, 2021

The BIG Red Blend earns 90 Points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

by: Aileen Niizawa Morris

2019 Pillars of Hercules Red Blend, Giguiere Estate 
90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2021
“This is a serious, deep blend that celebrates ripeness and concentration without much tannin. It’s velvety on the palate, showing flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry and a hint of cocoa that give it plenty to savor.” –Jim Gordon

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Watch the Pillars of Hercules video.


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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