2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Petite Sirah
The inaugural release of 2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah is everything you expect from this maverick red: rustic, rugged and a little sassy.
91 Points from Blue Lifestyle! ". . . dense with lovely texture and a good balance between deep, rich blackberry fruit and a core of crisp acidity"
The inaugural release of our Estate Bottled Petite Sirah has everything you would expect from this intensely flavored grape. Seductive, heady aromas of ripe plum, cardamom, earth and vanilla are followed by bold flavors of blackberry cobbler, cracked pepper and spice. Firm tannins are balanced by a broad dark berry finish that lingers on the palate.
The grapes were gently crushed 20 minutes after harvest, then fermented in small temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We used a combination of specially selected yeast to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. We pumped the tanks over twice a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged the wine in a variety of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 16 months. Barrel lots were selected for their robust structure and intense flavor to create our first Estate Bottled Petite Sirah.