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October 8th, 2012

Press Demo Plugs Mossback

by: Lane Giguiere

The Press Demo, Santa Rosa’s daily newspaper, recommended 2009 Mossback Cabernet in their weekly lineup of wines to try for October 7:

Mossback, 2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.9 percent, $25. A concentrated cab with notes of blackberry, chocolate, leather and spice. A cab with good bones. Seamless, with ripe tannins.”


October 5th, 2012

A No-Brainer Buy!

by: Lane Giguiere

Palm Beach Post wine columnist Jennifer Podis recommended and reviewed 2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo on October 2:

2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, California ($10 Matchbook, from the Crew Wine Company, has seven products, all focusing on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. The rosé of tempranillo is a blend of 80 percent rosé of tempranillo, 12 percent rosé of syrah, and 8 percent rosé of malbec. The color was stunning, best described as burnt salmon. Although it had strawberry, raspberry and light cherry on the nose, it was still a subtle aroma. The body carried more weight than the typical rosé, and the flavor profile was a little more complicated than your simple picnic sipper. I tasted some spice, red fruits and even cola on the finish. I found an intriguing balance of acidity and creaminess here. This is a no-brainer buy, as far as palate and price are concerned.”

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August 28th, 2012

Excellent! Matchbook Rose

by: Lane Giguiere rates our 2010 Matchbook Rose Excellent and 91 Points!

“This is a Rose made from Tempranillo grown in a warm climate on a low mountain range in the Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County. Matchbook started in 2001 when they found an abandoned sheep ranch and decided to make a go at a winery. The location was perfect for grape growing with its rocky, well-drained, loamy soils.

This Rosé is an Estate Bottled blend of Tempranillo (80%), Rose of Syrah (11%), and Rose of Malbec (9%) grown from their Matchbook Vineyard. After crushing the Tempranillo grapes, they “bled” a small amount of the juice off the skins before it had a chance to color the juice. The juice was then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Who knew such remarkable results could be achieved with this grape in this location fermented by this technique.

Aromas of sweet rainier cherries with a hint of fresh ginger waft from the glass shortly after pouring. Refreshing flavors of ice-cold watermelon and citrus flow across the palate and the citrus note hangs on through the finish. This is a great stand-alone sipper. It will pair well with Asian foods as well. 560 case production.”
Rating: Excellent (91) | $10 | 13.9% ABV

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January 31st, 2012

89 from Blue Reviews

by: Lane Giguiere

Anthony Dias Blue Reviews features our Matchbook Tinto Rey in the January 2012 issue of Tasting Panel magazine!

89 Matchbook 2007 Tinto Rey, California ($17)
Tangy and fresh with racy cherry and blackberry fruit; spicy, dense and smooth with lively acidity; balanced and clean; 44% Tempranillo, 36% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Graciano, 2% Petite Sirah.

January 5th, 2012

Chasing Venus in Top 40

by: Lane Giguiere recommends our 2010 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc in writer Stan Reitan’s Top 40 Under Twenty Bucks in 2011:

“Just another fantastic sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. It seems as if this wine region just keeps pumping out quality juice at excellent prices. Aromas of fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Vibrant acidity that drives the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. The mid-palate displays notes of mango and papaya. There is a nice mineral quality along with a creamy texture in the mouth. The zippy flavors hang on for some time. I like this wine because it is not JUST grapefruit. It has a lot more personality and layers. It should be easy to get your hands on.  90 points