2015 MATCHBOOK ROSÉ OF TEMPRANILLO

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A festive strawberry pink, the Matchbook Rosé is an estate-bottled blend of three clones of Tempranillo enriched by small percentages of Rosés of Syrah, Tannat and Graciano—all grown on our Matchbook Vineyard. Fruit salad aromas of melon, strawberry and cantaloupe bring forth flavors of peach pit, cream and cola, with a lively acidity balancing out the fruit sweetness. Serve this Rosé well chilled, paired with poached ahi tuna, dates stuffed with almonds and blue cheese, or on its own as an early evening apéritif.

TASTING NOTES

 

Blend: 77% Rosé of Tempranillo, 14% Rosé of Syrah, 7% Rosé of Tannat, 2% Rosé of Graciano
Production: 1,867 cases

GROWING SEASON

 

2015 was another perfect vintage out here in the Dunnigan Hills AVA. Cool nights and hot days maximized ripeness and intensity. No rain to spoil the grapes, and a long hang time to maximize flavor.

WINEMAKING NOTES

 

Our winemakers take care to create the best Rosé of Tempranillo we can, blending juice bled from the three Tempranillo clones grown on Matchbook’s estate vineyard—Rioja, Duero and Tinto de Toro. This juice is then cold fermented in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. The fermentation, carried out at 52 degrees Fahrenheit, takes almost two months to complete, producing a wine with lively aromatics and a festive strawberry color. We blend in small amounts of Rosé from Syrah, Tannat and Graciano for added complexity.

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