Category: Reviews

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August 29th, 2018

Matchbook Cabernet Awarded 90 Points & Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

by: Virginia Sandfer

On August 30th, we celebrate International Cabernet Day*, which makes it the perfect time to announce our Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon has received 90 Points & Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast, October 2018 Issue. Cheers to celebrating Cabernet, the Matchbook way!

Full Review:
This wine blends subtle spices with rich fruit for a seductive flavor profile. It maintains a velvety texture on the palate and through the lingering finish. Flavors of blueberry and baking spice give it plenty of personality. —J. Gordon

Get a bottle of Matchbook Cabernet, click here!

*International Cabernet Day is celebrated the Thursday before the US Labor Day, thanks to Rick Bakas, click here to find out why.

June 19th, 2018

Summer in the 90’s – Matchbook Scores HOT with Wine Enthusiast

by: Virginia Sandfer

Summer is heating up – and so are our scores in the Wine Enthusiast’s August 2018 Advance Buying Guide. We are surely enjoying this summer in the 90s!

Read our reviews:

90 Points –
2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills). A toasty, oaky, spicy aroma precedes equally oaky flavors that are nevertheless backed by ripe, juicy pear and ginger notes. These tones expand on the palate and linger on the finish. It’s full-bodied and broad in texture. 

90 points – 2015 The Arsonist Red Blend (California). This is a concentrated and truly dry Bordeaux-style blend that has a blackberry aroma and flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate. Firm tannins and good acidity give it plenty of structure, so it will easily stand up to steaks, chops and ribs. Made from Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

91  points –  Matchbook 2014 Estate Bottled Syrah (Dunnigan Hills). Savory aromas of burnt sage and black pepper along with beef, anise and carbon flavors make this an adventurous wine. It’s medium-bodied, not overly ripe or rich and has a tight mouthfeel due to moderate tannin and lively acidity. Editors’ Choice. 

90 points – Black’s Station 2016 Malbec (Yolo County). Dark in color, this full-bodied and firmly tannic wine offers a black pepper tone with just-ripe blueberry and licorice flavors. These notes fan out on the finish and leave a ripe aftertaste. Best Buy.

May 24th, 2018

Wine & Spirits 90 Points and Best Buy – Oh My!!

by: Mikaela Leach

We are thrilled to have our 2016 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay highlighted in Wine & Spirits Magazine June issue. We love the review’s mouthwatering flavor descriptors “…notes of apple skin, tart white cherries and lemongrass.”

Mossback Winemaker, Dan Cederquist, has been working with the Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay vineyard for over two decades. Dan loves this vineyard for the crisp apple and beautiful fruit components. Winemakers are like parents, they don’t really pick favorites, but it is fair to say the Mossback Russian River Chardonnay is one of Dan’s “go-to” wines.

Visit our web store to get a bottle of this delicious and refreshing Chardonnay today!

February 12th, 2018

92 Points & Best Buy – for Matchbook 2016 Chardonnay!

by: Mikaela Leach

Our 2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay scored 92 POINTS & BEST BUY from Wine Enthusiast in the April 2018 issue! The glowing review called it a “creamy, yummy and full-bodied wine.”

“This review sets Matchbook Chardonnay ahead of the competition. 92 Points & Best Buy together are relatively unheard of for wines at this price point,” said Matchbook Owner John Giguiere. “This score is especially sweet because it speaks to the quality of wine we are producing here in the Dunnigan Hills.”

We couldn’t agree more with Wine Enthusiast’s flavor and palate description: “It has everything from toasty oak and lemon curd to mild marzipan nuances that interlace with good acidity for a balanced palate and a lingering finish.”

Click here to get a bottle of this “yummy” Matchbook Chardonnay today.

September 18th, 2017

90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast for “Reserve-Style” 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay!

by: Mikaela Leach

Our 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay scored 90 Points in Wine Enthusiast‘s November 2017 issue. We love this “traditional reserve-style California Chardonnay” the toasty-oak aroma with great notes of “pear, toasted almond and nutmeg flavors” on the palate. It showcases the quality of wine from the Dunnigan Hills. We hand-select the best barrel lots of our estate grown fruit to craft this luscious Chardonnay.  This wine is rich, yet incredibly food friendly and pairs exceptionally well with lobster dipped in butter or Fettuccini Alfredo. Get a bottle today by clicking here!




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