Graciano and Tannat are blended in to improve depth, richness and structure. Expansive aromas of raspberry truffles, vanilla with a hint of dried black cherries. The juicy flavors of rich red berries and cocoa powder linger on the palate with blackberry hints. Medium weight and smooth with moderate tannins.
(83% Tempranillo/10% Tannat/7% Graciano). The Tempranillo and Graciano were grown from cuttings imported from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. The grapes were gently crushed and fermented with selected yeasts (Assmannshousen and ES488) on two thirds of the lots to enhance color and flavor extraction. One third of the wine was fermented with native yeasts until nearly dry with twice daily pump overs. The wine matured for 22 months in American, French and Hungarian oak (20% new).
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.