Matchbook Cabernet has layered aromas of violets and cloves with dense blackberry, Bing cherry and cranberry. Bright cherry and chocolate, clove, mint and firm tannins are prominent on the entry. The lingering finish is a rich blend of cherry truffles, cedar and spice. This full-bodied red wine has loads of chewy chocolaty tannins, but with very elegant aromas of violets – a wonderfully impressive combination. Pair this wine with red meat like a pepper crusted seared rib eye.
Wine Maker Notes
Lake County is California’s hidden treasure for growing cabernet sauvignon grapes. We carefully blended in cabernets from Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill to amplify the structure, and a little merlot to soften the tannins.
Blend: 56% Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon; 25% Lake County Merlot;19% California Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY MATCHBOOK?As a farm kid growing up in the late 1950´s and early 1960´s 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 futility of their fascination with fire. John and his brother answered at a later date by graduating from random fires to the launching of rockets which often blew up at some stage of the its journey resulting in more random fires and a call to the local fire department for help. They eventually grew out of this fascination with the “Matchbook” but still have fond memories of the power they possessed.About the AppellationMatchbook has seven products, all focusing on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. We blend a percentage of coastal fruit to the Dunnigan Hills wines to add structure and intensify flavors.