Matchbook Estate Bottled Red Gravel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Dunnigan Hills, California

Matchbook celebrates the varietals that thrive out in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. Our wines are always fruit first, with oak flavors a supporting element. The whites are pure, 100% varietal, while the reds are blended in the spirit of complexity and character. As farm kids growing up in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Giguiere brothers were veritable pyromaniacs, setting numerous things on fire – including the family wheat fields. Over time, the Giguiere boys outgrew their fascination with the flame. But even today they look at the Matchbook brand with fond memories of the fires they once stoked. The 2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from grapes grown entirely in the Dunnigan Hills vineyards. The mouth-coating flavors of blackberry, black cherry, clove and star anise linger in the long finish. The estate grown grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. A combination of specially selected yeast was used to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. The tanks were pumped over twice a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged in a compination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 12 months. The best barrel lots were chosen for this complex blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec to create a boldly flavored Dunnigan Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.