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2016 The Arsonist Chardonnay

If you like big, voluptuous Chardonnays the Arsonist is for you. There is enough sumptuous fruit and toasty oak to satisfy the California Chard lover. The surprisingly refreshing finish makes this one lush Chardonnay that will pair well with food.

90 Points
from Wine Enthusiast
" . . . oaky flavors that are nevertheless backed by ripe, juicy pear and ginger notes. These tones expand on the palate and linger on the finish."

$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