Matchbook Chardonnay “The Arsonist” 2019, Dunnigan Hills, California

If you like big, voluptuous Chardonnays the Arsonist is for you. There is enough sumptuous fruit and toasty oak to satisfy the classic-California Chard lover. Matchbook’s The Arsonist Chardonnay is a luscious blend of the best barrel lots of estate-grown fruit. A beautiful golden straw color opens to aromas of toasty oak, crème brûlèe, brown sugar and mango. Dense flavors of pineapple, caramel apples and baking spices are layered over creamy buttery notes and a touch of vanilla. This is a full-bodied Chardonnay loaded with opulent flavors that are well-integrated and balanced. 100% Chardonnay: 100% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills. “The lots were barrel fermented, with frequent stirring of the lees. 100% of the barrel lots went through malolactic fermentation. We then select 10% of the finest barrel lots and allow them to age an additional five months while maintaining a frequent stirring program. The barrels were evaluated again and only half of the original top 10% were selected for the final blend of the 2019.”