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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The Tempranillo and Graciano vines grown in our Matchbook Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills are from cuttings imported from the Pesquera region of Spain. While the traditional earthy and spicy flavors are evident from these old-world varietals, the Matchbook Tempranillo shows its California upbringing in the expansive aromas of blackberry, raspberry and barrel spice. Rich flavors of blackberry cobbler and blueberry mingle with dark chocolate and mocha. Rugged, bold and dense, Matchbook 2010 Tempranillo is our most concentrated to date. The wine is luscious and layered with a good firm finish.
Pair with a grilled New York strip steak with crumbled blue cheese
topping or any hearty stew or sauce dish.
Blend: 83% Tempranillo, 10% Tannat, 7% Graciano
"The 2010 Tempranillo ranks alongside some of Spain’s great values made from this grape, not an easy achievement when this varietal is grown in California. A blend of 83% Tempranillo, 10% Tannat and 7% Graciano that was aged 22 months in a combination of American, French and Hungarian oak, it exhibits copious notes of spice box, cedarwood, black and red fruits, licorice and a hint of graphite. With a voluptuous texture, medium body and a layered mouthfeel, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years"
The Wine Advocate
Why Matchbook? As a farm kid growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Matchbook's owner, John Giguiere, was a confirmed pyromaniac starting various things on fire such as his father's wheat field. At one point, fearing total ruin from his kids burning him out of the house and farm, his father took them to the city jail for an hour stay to impress upon his brother and him the...Read More About Matchbook
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
Grape that Reigns in Spain
Most often associated with Spain,
is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions
del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light
side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World
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