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.
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Matchbook will be celebrating Chardonnay Day this Thursday, in a fruitful fashion! Our berries have reached fruit set and are “enlarging beautifully” according to Matchbook’s head winemaker Dan Cederquist.
Spring is here, and our Matchbook Estate Vineyards are thriving! At this time of year, we perform the second stage of canopy management when the threat of frost has passed. We go through the vineyard, row by row and vine by vine to remove volunteer shoots. This creates a balanced fruit area that will produce the highest quality grapes. This practice is called shoot thinning. Timing is critical for this work because if it is done too early, we lose the protective thermal blanket that the volunteer shoots provide for the vine’s fruit-producing shoots.
“We are looking for a fist width between vine spurs to lower yields and increase flavor concentration. Shoot thinning is important because it creates a uniform fruit zone and allows consistent sunlight into the canopy,” said Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations.
Shoot thinning will give the grape clusters just the right amount of space, sunlight, nutrients and ventilation they need as we progress through the 2018 growing season.
Nothing is better than perfectly paired wine and wood-fired pizza outside on the Matchbook patio! Check out our Perfect Match pizza pairing guide put together by Flour Dust Pizza Company and Matchbook Winemaker, Dan Cederquist. What will you choose?
Matchbook Vineyards are in bloom! The Chardonnay vines were the first to flower and now the other varietals are following suit. Bloom is an important part of the growing season for a grapevine because each part of the flower has the potential be fertilized and become a grape.
“Flowering is an exciting time of year in the vineyard, as it is the first look at this year’s grape crop,” said Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations. “2018 bloom is on the early side, but all looks great. We are happy with the number of flowers and the weather has been favorable at this critical stage in the growing season.”
Spring Flowering Fun Facts:
Grapevine flowers are called “perfect flowers” because they self-pollinate.
Grapevine flowers are fragrant and can fill the vineyard with pleasing aromas of spring flowers, perfume and fresh fruit.