Our 2021 Matchbook Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from grapes grown on the red gravel soils in our Dunnigan Hills vineyard. The wine opens with classic Cabernet aromas of saddle leather, cigar box and a touch of earthy eucalyptus. Sumptuous flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, huckleberry and mocha are framed by sweet oak and vanilla from barrel aging. Fine-grained, dusty tannins add a plush structure to the finish. This an elegant, richly smooth Cabernet that is as delicious on its own as it is paired with braised short ribs, gourmet burgers or a combo pizza.
The estate grown grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. A portion of the Cabernet grapes were co-fermented with Petite Sirah and another with Petit Verdot to intensify texture, body and structure. We used a combination of specially selected yeast to enhance color and flavor extraction without harsh tannins. We pumped the tanks over several times a day until nearly dry, then pressed and aged the wine in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 12 months. The best barrel lots were chosen for the final blend to showcase of the quality fruit grown in the red gravel soils of Dunnigan Hills.