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 crewwinestore.com) 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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Wine writer Jim Rawe features our 2009 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon in today’s Off the Vine column in the Bradenton Herald:
Take a tour of just about any winery and you will learn just how important both the local surroundings and the community are to the daily operations, as well as to the finished product that is released from each vintage. The 2009 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. This wine is a blend of 77 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 23 percent Merlot produced from Russian River Valley fruit that comes from the heart of Sonoma County, Calif.
This Mossback Cabernet has the aroma of chocolate-covered cherries with overtones of freshly crushed black pepper, followed by the flavor of ripe blackberry with a somewhat earthy finish. Interestingly enough, the term “Mossback” used to refer to a person who worked in the vineyards from sunrise to sunset, and the wineries proprietors — John and Lane Giguiere — make wines to this day that encompass this same hard-working philosophy.
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When two shiny new red Kabota four-wheelers are parked in front of the winery, pure instinct compels a joy ride. Ok, joy ride is a little strong. These new vehicles are a far cry from the glossy magazine pictures of sleek, dirt-crusted racing bikes performing wheelies in the desert. Picture an oversized golf cart, with seat belts, driven by two elderly winery owners on a tour of their property in the Dunnigan Hills.
150 acres of the Matchbook ranch are undeveloped rolling hills. Current plans are to plant as much as possible into grapevines in spring 2013. The Kabota heist was to find out how much of the property is plantable. The discovery: about half. What looks like rolling hills from the road is actually a view across the top of the hills. The draws that run through the property carve steep canyons 100 feet deep at the eastern edge of the ranch. The view from the bottom of these canyons is quite spectacular. In late summer, the walls of golden grass topped by clear, blue sky give sudden insight into the University of California colors. The soil at the low point is heavy clay, the grass is thick and a small stream bed has developed at the center. The landscape completely changes at the top. The grass is thin, in some areas bald; the soil is mostly red gravel with outcroppings of sizable rocks. Not a lot is growing at the top. And that is where the vineyards will be planted.
This part of Matchbook ranch has not been farmed for over 20 years. The soil has been compacted from years of grazing livestock; new streams and watersheds have formed a natural path through the estate. 80 acres of hilltops surround the winery and while we love the view of the soft dry hills against the rugged Coast Range Mountains, we need the chardonnay for our expanding winery. The stream beds and canyon walls will be left alone to continue forming new wetlands. Groundwork begins in October.
EnoBytes.com 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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2011 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo is Milwaukee Magazine’s Wine of the Week for July 30, 2012. Wine columnist Kristine Hansen says:
“Summer’s not over yet, which means I’m not going to stop recommending Rosé wines just yet! 2011 Matchbook Rosé of Tempranillo (Dunnigan Hills, California, $10) has an herbaceous nose and notes of cola and cassis. This light-bodied and well-balanced Rosé would likely please a variety of palates. Consider stocking up on this for impromptu porch chats or back-yard dinners with friends and family.”