Small amounts of Syrah and Petite Verdot were added to provide depth and mouth feel. A bold red with aromas of earthy black cherry, smoky tobacco and cracked black pepper layered over flavors of blueberries, dusty cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Full-bodied with great acidity, complexity and chewy tannins.
After Karl, John, and John’s wife Lane Gugiere sold their family company R.H. Philips, they decided to take a different winemaking approach and focus on producing a portfolio of approachable, food-friendly wines. Crew Wines was founded in 2005 and named in honor of the many staff members who left R.H. Phillips to help them start their new venture. Matchbook Vineyards showcases the terroir of Dunnigan Hills and the California coast. To that end, the team has spent a great deal of time identifying which varietals grow best in the region. Occasionally, small percentages of coastal fruit will be added to the blend to intensify natural aromas and flavors. Matchbook wines are a tongue in cheek homage to John and Karl’s childhood when they used to get into trouble for lighting matches and setting off rockets.
|Wine maker notes
|We harvested the malbec grapes grown in our Matchbook Vineyard on September 13th an October 1st. To concentrate flavors, we bled off 10% of the juice after crushing then fermented with Montrachet and ES488 yeast. We pressed off the skins at dryness and barrel aged the wine for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. We blended in a little syrah and petit verdot to improve mouth feel and increase depth.
|(75% Malbec/14% Syrah/11% Petit Verdot). The Malbec was gently crushed and 10% of the juice was bled off and fermented with Montrachet and ES488 yeast. Pressed to dryness and aged 18 months in French and American oak.
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 Appellation
Matchbook 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.