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2014 The Arsonist Chardonnay

If you love big, rich, creamy and full-flavored Chardonnays, The Arsonist is for you!

91 Points & Editors' Choice from Wine Enthusiast: "There is no denying the appeal of this full-bodied Chardonnay".

90 Points from Tasting Panel Magazine: "Stylish and balanced with good length and depth".


$21.99 per Bottle
$263.88 per Case
 

Description

Tasting Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

100% Chardonnay: 91% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills; 9% Aquarius and Nonella Vineyards, Russian River Valley

Production Notes

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.

Pairings

Fettuccine Alfredo, poached lobster drawn in butter or with your favorite salmon recipe.
Vintage 2014
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Appellation Dunnigan Hills
Acid .52
PH 3.98
Alcohol % 14.3
Size 750 ml