Our 2013 Matchbook Tempranillo is one of our most popular wines for good reason. It's smooth and silky and full of flavor. This easy drinking red will pair with everything from a bowl of mussels to a pepper-crusted rack of lamb.
Double Gold Medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Our 2013 Matchbook Tempranillo unfurls with Old World characteristics from two standout Spanish clones. The Ribera del Duero and Tinta de Toro vines grown on our estate contribute the familiar varietal flavors, while the traditional Rioja blending grape Graciano adds tannin and structure. Pronounced aromatics of ripe raspberry and rich plum lead to enticing flavors of earth, spicy cardamom and dark fruit. Smooth and soft on the palate, this seductive red has a bright finish that begs for another sip of this finely structured wine.
Our grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Specially selected yeast (Assmannshausen and ES488) was used on two of five tanks to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. The other three tanks underwent a native fermentation, giving this wine complexity and richness. The tanks were pumped over twice a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged
in oak barrels for 21 months. We like to use an assortment of French, Hungarian and American Oak and only 22% new to avoid over-oaking.
Pair this Dunnigan Hills Tempranillo with a traditional Paella dish infused with saffron, mussels, shrimp and chorizo.