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92 Points from Wine Enthusiast! Matchbook 2018 The Herdsman MAL Giguiere Estate Malbec (Dunnigan Hills). This Malbec is filled with plump black and blue fruits, with an elevated acidity that keeps this fuller red wine fairly light on its feet. Integration of oak elevates fruit components without overwhelming; tannins are a calm medium, just gently creating a backbone down the center of the tongue. Flavors of blackberry jam, boysenberry, blueberry, black plum, cacao, anise, nutmeg, fresh violets and damp forest floor. —S.B.
The Herdsman is a blend of the heritage Cabernet clones grown in our Matchbook vineyards. This is a big Cab with an incredibly smooth finish and layers of flavors that travel from oak to fruit to spicy peppercorn.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine leads with immediate floral-perfume aromas, moving on toward notes of blackberry, black cherry, crushed violets and purple orchids, cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg and a hint of fresh leather. As it opens, the elevated tannic structure softens and the voluptuousness of the fruits really shines through."
The ultimate quaffable wine with a beautiful bouquet of honeysuckle and gardenia. The flavors are a fruit bomb of mango, melons, apricot and pineapple. The natural acidity of the early-harvested grapes balances the sweet fruit leading to a lingering finish of honey and tangy citrus.