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2015 The Arsonist Chardonnay

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

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast: "Traditional reserve-style California Chardonnay... it pulls out all the stops for a grand expression of pear, toasted almond and nutmeg flavors."

History of success
2014 Arsonist Chardonnay
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

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.

Vineyard Notes

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

Production Notes

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.

Pairings

Fettuccine Alfredo, poached lobster drawn in butter or with your favorite salmon recipe.
Vintage 2015
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Appellation Dunnigan Hills
PH 5.88
Alcohol % 14.3
Size 750 ml