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2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay

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


History of great scores

2015 Arsonist Chardonnay
90 Points from Wine Enthusiast- "Traditional reserve-style Chardonnay..it pulls out all the stops for a grand expression or pear, toasted almond and nutmeg flavors"

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


Tasting Notes

A luscious wine with seamless integration of oak and fruit, Matchbook’s 2016 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. A beautiful straw color in the glass opens to enticing aromas of cream and honeysuckle that mingles with vanilla spice. Flavors of butterscotch, crème brûlèe, pineapple and mango bring this rich wine to life. The Arsonist is big and creamy, yet welcoming in its nuanced synthesis of flavors.

Vineyard Notes

100% Chardonnay: 92% Matchbook Vineyards, Dunnigan Hills; 8% Aquarius Vineyards, Russian River Valley

Production Notes

We picked our Chardonnay clones 4 and 124 (Dijon) 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 preserved. We used a yeast cocktail (a mixture of our winemaker’s favorite compatible yeasts) in all of the lots to ensure that complex fermentation characters evolved. 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 frequent stirring program. The barrels were then evaluated again and only half of the original top 10% were selected for the final blend of the 2016 Arsonist Chardonnay.


Enjoy as an apéritif or pair with fettuccine alfredo, poached lobster drawn in butter or your favorite salmon recipe.
Vintage 2016
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Appellation Dunnigan Hills
PH 3.84
Alcohol % 14.3
Size 750 ml