Dozens and I mean dozens of people told the family they were totally insane when they decided to pioneer grape growing in Dunnigan Hills, a small area of Yolo County in the Sacramento Valley. But they remained undeterred.
They planted their first grapes in 1981, and by 1993 they had even succeeded in getting the Dunnigan Hills nationally recognized as an AVA.
The Giguiere brothers realized that the area was perfect compared to the rest of the Sacramento Valley because of the maximized sun exposure which limits the risk of frost. Not only that, but they also figured out that Big Red varietals such as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon were well suited for the climate.
All these later, Matchbook Wine Company is ‘a flame’ that continues to burn bright in the Dunnigan Hills. Robert Parker Jr. himself was always a fan of the project, writing that Matchbook made “some thrilling value-priced wines under the capable hands of winemaker Dan Cedarquist.”
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93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
This concentrated wine stands out for its deep, dark color, striking mint and black-currant aromas and rich, saturated palate. It is packed with black fruits, dark chocolate and hints of cedar and basil. While typically tannic, it maintains a creamy texture that aids a lingering finish.
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