2016 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is here! This full-flavored, full-bodied red is a perfect match with hearty winter comfort food.
The inaugural release of our Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot showcases the advantage of the Dunnigan Hills appellation’s long growing season: the varietal characteristics of this Bordeaux grape develop fully when allowed to slowly ripen well into the Fall. The beautiful dark garnet color leads to inviting aromas of clove and brown spices. Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha are layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness.
The grapes were gently crushed 20 minutes after harvest and transferred to small temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for a 24-hour cold soak. The wine was inoculated with two kinds of yeast, Motrachet and ES488, for enhanced color and moderate fermentation rates. Fermentation temperature was kept low (75F) for first half of the fermentation then let rise to 85F. This helps to enhance fruit characters and minimize excessive tannins. After pressing at dryness, wines were barrel aged separately for 13 months. The final blend of 88% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec and 1% Teroldego was barrel aged for another 13 months.
Pair this full-flavored red with aged cheese, lamb shank or roasted pork loin.