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2013 Matchbook Dunnigan Hills Syrah

With aromas of blackberry, bacon and cocoa, this earthy native of Rhone is perfect for dinner or dessert!

Wine Enthusiast 88 Points and Editors Choice
"bright acidity tempering ripe cherry, plum and black pepper flavors
Tasting Panel Magazine 88 Points
"smooth, ripe and earthy with juicy style and good balance"
$15.99 per Bottle
$191.88 per Case

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Matchbook Syrah, grown on our Dunnigan Hills estate, displays all that we love about this earthy native of Rhone. Aromas of pepper spice and plum mix with blackberry, bacon and cocoa powder, while rich black cherry and mocha flavors give way to a bouquet of cigar box, saddle leather and truffle. This is a juicy Syrah, with earthy undertones and balanced acidity.

Vineyard Notes

87% Dunnigan Hills Matchbook Vineyard Syrah, 8% California Petit Verdot, 5% Chalk Hill Sweetwater Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The Dunnigan Hills grapes were gently crushed within 20 minutes of harvest. Specially selected yeast was used on 60% of the fruit to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. Native yeast was used on 40% of the ferments to add complexity and richness. 6% of the juice was bled to concentrate flavors. We tank fermented the remaining fruit and pumped over twice a day until nearly dry. All the lots were pressed, blended together and aged in oak barrels for 21 months. We like to use a blend of French and American oak, only 22% of which is new to avoid over-oaking. We blended in 8% petit verdot and 5% cabernet sauvignon to give the wine depth, richness and improved structure.


Rich game dishes, such as grilled venison backstrap, duck or ragu di cinghiale.
Vintage 2013
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Syrah
Varietal Composition
87% Dunnigan Hills Syrah
8% Petit Verdot
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Dunnigan Hills
Acid .75
PH 3.84
Alcohol % 13.9
Size 750 ml