Luscious and rich with a seamless integration
of oak and fruit characters, Matchbook’s
2014 The Arsonist Chardonnay showcases the
quality of the Dunnigan Hills. We hand select
the best barrel lots of our Estate Grown fruit
to make this Chardonnay. Enticing aromas of
creamy caramel and fresh pear mingle
with nutmeg and butterscotch. Honey,
Crenshaw melon and green fig bring this
dense wine to life with hints of toasty oak
in the midpalate. The Arsonist is big and
creamy, yet welcoming in its nuanced
synthesis of flavors.
91% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills;
9% Aquarius and Nonella Vineyards, Russian River Valley
We pick our chardonnay clones 4 and 124
(Dijon) at night, delivering the bins to the
winery before sunrise to ensure that fresh,
cool grapes arrive for the crush. We use
yeast cocktails (a mixture of our Winemaker’s
favorite compatible yeasts) in all of the lots to
ensure that complex fermentation characters
evolve in the wine. These lots are barrel
fermented, with frequent stirring of the lees.
We then select 10% of the finest barrel lots
and allow them to age an additional six
months while maintaining a weekly stirring
program. Half of those lots are selected in
the Winemaker’s cut for the 2014 vintage of
The Arsonist Chardonnay.
Fettuccine Alfredo, poached lobster drawn in butter or with your favorite salmon recipe.