Sunday, April 5, 2020

Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2018


April is Matchbook Wine Company Month, with reviews focusing on their wine all month! This is the second time Matchbook has had their own month on this blog, but I've done A LOT of reviews of their wines in the past six years. To learn about their history, read my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Their Old Head Chardonnay has become one of, I'd say, my top three suggestions for a Chard in the $15 price range. I've been reviewing every vintage since forever and I've loved it every time. The 2018 vintage is made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay using Clone 4, Clone 17, Dijon Clones 95, 76, 124, and Clone 809. 75% of it was barrel fermented while 25% was fermented in stainless steel. 78% saw aging in 2 to 5 year old French and American oak, 22% of that new. The final ABV is 13.9%.

The color of the wine is straw yellow. Yet again, on the nose Bullseye caramel candy stands out in its aromas with melons, pears, and toasty oak. It's full bodied with a buttery mouthfeel, and it has the brighter acidity that I found in the 2016 vintage while being more tart. On the palate it's a lot more woody than I remember in other vintages, with a bit of an aggressive lime peel-ness to it. There's also pineapple, vanilla, and toasty oak.

This one is more rough and limey and tart than previous vintages and that's exactly why I like it.  Formulated consistency can be appreciated as a consumer, but also boring. Appreciate the vintage for what it is, homie. Maybe I should get sharper cheese to have with this than my Chardonnay/Brie stand by?

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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