Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wine Review: Matchbook The Arsonist 2015 Chardonnay

Matchbook The Arsonist 2015 Chardonnay

For information on Matchbook, you can read all about their great story in my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

The Arsonist is a subset of Matchbook Wine Company's Matchbook label. It's kinda like their higher tier of wines, and there's only two right now: Chardonnay and Red Blend. The labels feature Prometheus, the Titan from Greek mythology that stole fire from Zeus and gave it to us mortals. 

Back in 2015 I reviewed the 2012 Arsonist Red Blend and the 2013 Arsonist Chardonnay, and now in 2017 I'm reviewing the 2014 Arsonist Red Blend and the 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay.

The 2015 Chardonnay is 100% estate grown Chardonnay from Dunnigan Hills, California. It sees 16 months of barrel aging on the lees with frequent stirring. 7,193 cases were produced and it has a 14.2% ABV.

The color of the wine is a gorgeous golden yellow. Now, before we go any further, let's stop for a moment for a very important public service announcement.

Grilled corn muffin
DO NOT OVER-CHILL A CHARDONNAY! DON'T DO IT! And if you do, let that sucker sit for a bit until it warms up a little. You want a Chardonnay only slightly chilled. Sticking it in the fridge for a few hours or days is going to make it too cold and you're going to lose a lot of aromas and flavors, thus making your experience not as enjoyable. This wine? It was just meh at first, but I knew it was too cold. Once it warmed up a bit then it became the beautiful example of Chardonnay that I knew it would be. Got it? Good. Proceed.

There's aromas of a grilled corn muffin slathered in butter, an assortment of melon and pears, vanilla ice cream, and pineapple lollipop. On the palate it has a medium bodyweight, a mouthfeel that's ridiculously rich and smooth, and an acidity that's ninja stealth until it reveals itself on the finish. There's flavors of melon, pineapple, canned pears, and vanilla. On the finish you're left with pears and banana for quite a long duration.

Although this is only the second vintage of Arsonist Chardonnay that I've reviewed for this blog, it's the fourth vintage that I've had. And they've all been insanely delicious for $20. Perfect score! Mark it down!

Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly 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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