Matchbook Petit Verdot Dunnigan Hills 2016
Blend: 88% Petit Verdot | 11% Malbec | 1% Teroldego
Appellation: Dunnigan Hills
Barrels: American Oak – World Cooperage, Carpathian Oak – Giraud
TA: 6.1 g/L pH: 4.11
Alcohol: 13.9% Production: 2,600 cases
The inaugural release of our Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot showcases the advantage of the Dunnigan Hills appellation’s long growing season: the varietal characteristics of this Bordeaux grape develop fully when allowed to slowly ripen well into the fall. The beautiful dark garnet color leads to inviting aromas of clove and brown spices. Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha are layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness. Pair this full-flavored red with aged cheese, lamb shank or roasted pork loin.
East of Napa, Left of Center: The Giguiere family embodies Dunnigan Hills winemaking. In 1981 they pioneered grape-growing in this region when they planted their very first vineyard. By 1993 they’d succeeded in making the Dunnigan Hills a nationally recognized American appellation. The Matchbook flame is an homage to the Giguiere brothers’ youthful fascination with fire. Today Matchbook Wine Company produces over 15 wines showcasing the varietals that perform best in our warm, dry climate.
The estate grown grapes were gently crushed 20 minutes after harvest and transferred to small temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for a 24-hour cold soak. The wine was inoculated with two kinds of yeast, Montrachet and ES488, for enhanced color and moderate fermentation rates. Fermentation temperature was kept low (75F) for first half of the fermentation then let rise to 85F. This helps to enhance fruit characters and minimize excessive tannins. After pressing at dryness, wines were barrel aged separately for 13 months. The final blend of 88% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec and 1% Teroldego was barrel aged for another 13 months.
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