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.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 Tempranillo ranks alongside some of Spain’s great values made from this grape, not an easy achievement when this varietal is grown in California. A blend of 83% Tempranillo, 10% Tannat and 7% Graciano that was aged 22 months in a combination of American, French and Hungarian oak, it exhibits copious notes of spice box, cedarwood, black and red fruits, licorice and a hint of graphite. With a voluptuous texture, medium body and a layered mouthfeel, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Crew Wines is owned and operated by the Giguiere family. After selling R.H. Philips, owners John and his wife Lane along with his brother Karl decided to focus on a new venture – one that was dedicated to showcasing specific terroirs. Founded in 2005, Crew Wines produces approachable, food-friendly wines. The owners named the company Crew in honor of the many staff members who left R.H. Phillips to help them start their new venture. Crew Wines produces wines meant to explore the terroir of Dunnigan Hills and the California coast. To that end, the team has spent a great deal of time identifying and nurturing just the varieties that adapt well in this environment. Occasionally, a small percentage of coastal fruit is included to intensify natural aromas and flavors. Matchbook Wines are a tongue in cheek homage to John and his brother’s childhood when they used to get into trouble for lighting matches and setting off rockets.
|(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).
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.