A luscious wine with seamless integration of oak and fruit, Matchbook's 2015 The Arsonist Chardonnay showcases the quality of the Dunnigan Hills. We hand select the best barrel lots of our estate grown fruit to craft this Chardonnay. Enticing aromas of brown butter and honeysuckle mingle with baking spices and vanilla. Honey, melon and stone fruit flavors bring this rich wine to life with hints of toasty oak in the mid-palate. The Arsonist is big and creamy, yet welcoming in its nuanced synthesis of flavors.
91% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills;
9% Aquarius Vineyards, Russian River Valley
We picked our chardonnay Dijon clones 4 and 124 at night. The estate fruit went from vine to crusher in less than 30 minutes, arriving well before sunrise to ensure the fresh, fruit flavors were well preserved. We used a yeast cocktail ( a mixture of our winemaker's favorite yeasts) in all of the lots to ensure that complex fermentation characters evolved. these lots are all 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. The barrels were then evaluated a second time and only half of the original top 10% were selected for the final blend of the 2015 Arsonist Chardonnay.
Fettuccine Alfredo, poached lobster drawn in butter or with your favorite salmon recipe.