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Matchbook Tinto Rey 2010

Other Red Blends from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
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13.9% ABV
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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Tinto Rey means "Red King." Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines, the most important varietal in our Matchbook Vineyard and the foundation of this unique Tempranillo/Syrah blend. The aromas of our 2010 Tinto Rey are pure Spain in a glass; dark chocolate, earth and dusty cellar. The flavors are dense and complex with cedar and mocha layered over dried blueberry, poached fig and baking spices. A hint of eucalyptus hangs in the background. The finish is smooth with a balanced grip of tannins; silk with a backbone. This full-bodied red wine will pair well with the best cuts of meat.

Blend: 49% Tempranillo, 27% Syrah, 15% Graciano, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tannat

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This winery hit a bull's eye with their 2010 Tinto Rey Giguiere Farm, a proprietary red blend of 49% Tempranillo, 27% Syrah, 15% Graciano, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Tannat. This seriously endowed red spent 26 months in a combination of American, French and Hungarian oak. A beauty, it exhibits notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice, black cherries and blackcurrants as well as a medium-bodied, lusciously fruity, sensual, opulent personality. This medium to full-bodied, gorgeous wine should drink well for several years.
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Matchbook, Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, 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. 

Dunnigan Hills

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Mitigated by mild Sacramento River Delta breezes, the Dunnigan Hills appellation is in the northwest portion of Yolo County and has a Mediterranean climate.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

NDF132103_2010 Item# 137691