Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wine Review: Matchbook Dunnigan Hills 2015 Rosé of Tempranillo

Matchbook Dunnigan Hills 2015 Rosé of Tempranillo

Back in November of last year this blog had the whole month dedicated to the wines of Matchbook, and it included the article A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company. So to learn more about Matchbook, feel free to check out that article. They have a pretty cool story. Things get set on fire.

You already know that I'm a sucker for rosé, I'm in love with Tempranillo, and have a primal lust for rosé made from Tempranillo, so you probably have an understanding of where this is most likely heading.

The Tempranillo that makes up 77% of this rosé is 38% Duero clone, 32% Tinto de Toro clone and 7% Rioja clone. The rest of the blend is 14% Syrah, 7% Tannat and 2% Graciano. Each one of those were made as completely fermented rosé separately (using the saignée method) where they saw 24 hours of skin contact, and then blended together to make the final product. The farming was sustainable and the ABV is 13.9%.

So one of the coolest things about the package is the very bottom of the bottle. It does a gradient from clear into the pink of the wine. Very cool feature. I was surprised that it has a cork, though. Totally expected a stelvin and didn't realize I needed my opener until I sat down, ready to review. Whatever. Guess I'll just get back up. Pssssht.

The color is a strawberry pink. If seeing that color doesn't make you excited about drinking this wine then you may as well be the Peculiar Purple Pieman. Shame on you. Leave Strawberry Shortcake alone.

There's aromas of candied strawberry, cantaloupe, ginger and a pinch of quinine. For flavors it's like taking all of those things and making a cream out of them because the mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. It has a medium body and the acidity is balanced by the little bit of sweetness. It finishes with cantaloupe and quinine tonic.

Yeah, dude.This is delicious, and for $12 this rosé will float your boat. I endorse it.

Price: $12
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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