2020 Matchbook Red Gravel Cabernet Sauvignon
Count on Matchbook to deliver true-to-varietal Cabernet flavors at a value price. Everything a Cab should be is here!
93 Points from Wine Enthusiast: "Excellent concentration and a quiet strength that comes out with time in the glass, as velvety tannins wrap around blueberries, dark chocolate and tobacco notes. Editors' Choice"
The wine opens with classic Cabernet aromas of chocolate, tobacco, violets and leather. Plush flavors of blackberry, black cherry and mocha are backed with sweet oak and vanilla. The juicy texture is mouth filling and mingles with the fine, dusty tannins in the finish.
The estate grown grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. A portion of the Cabernet grapes were co-fermented with Petite Sirah and another with Petit Verdot to intensify texture, body and structure. We used a combination of specially selected yeast to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. We pumped the tanks over several times a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged the wine in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 12 months. The best barrel lots were chosen for the final blend to showcase of the quality fruit grown in the red gravel soils of Dunnigan Hills.
This full-bodied Cabernet has the substance to pair with the big flavors of a sizzling New York steak and is priced to open for a combo pizza.