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Matchbook Arsonist Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux Red Blends from California
    14.3% ABV
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    4.0 7 Ratings
    14.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2015 Arsonist Red Blend is a dark ruby in the glass. Aromas of violets, blackberry and caramel intermingle with toasty oak and vanilla on the nose. Sweet wild berry fruit flavors on the entry, dry as the wine, progress across the palate. An opulent and luscious wine with the essence of dried blueberries and juicy plum that seamlessly transitions to a lengthy finish with hints of dark chocolate and ruffle tannins. The Arsonist 2015 Red Blend is a towering affirmation that we all must sometimes play with fire.

    Pair this layered and complex red blend with a Filet Mignon, slow-roasted Osso Buco or peppercorn-crusted New York strip steak.

    Blend: 53% Petit Verdot, 28% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Matchbook, California
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    East of Napa, Left of Center: The Giguiere family embodies Dunnigan Hills winemaking. In 1981 they pioneered grape growing in this region when they planted their first vineyard. By 1993, they had succeeded in creating the Dunnigan Hills as a nationally recognized American appellation. The Matchbook flame is an homage to the Giguiere brothers’ youthful fascination with fire. Today, Matchbook Wine Company produces wines showcasing the varietals that perform best in their Northern California climate. 

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    A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

    The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

    Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

    The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

    Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

    Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

    MSW30201371_2015 Item# 376734