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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...
This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted entirely at the Matchbook Estate in the Dunnigan Hills of California. Every step from vine to the bottle was done on home turf and under the watchful eye of the Giguiere Family and Matchbook's winemakers. This wine shows a deep ruby color and displays aromas of toasted oak, tobacco, dark fruit, clove and nutmeg. Juicy, mouth-filling flavors of blackberry and dried cranberry are complemented by a lingering finish with firm tannins and a hint of spicy chocolate.
Grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. A special selection of yeast and native yeast were used to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. Tanks were pumped over twice a day until nearly dry, then the wine was pressed and aged in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 14 months. The best barrel lots were chosen for this complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Petite Sirah to create a boldy flavored Dunnigan Hills wine.