2018 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Petite Sirah
This is the definition of a fun red wine. Dense, rich and luscious with a hint of sweet fruit to liven things up.
Best of Class at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Petite Sirah grown in the Dunnigan Hills produces the full-bodied, well-structured wine expected from this distinct varietal. Lots of fresh cracked-pepper spice and juicy red fruit complement the earthy fig, plum and hint of leather. The wine is broad on the palate with mouth filling flavors of dark chocolate and black licorice.
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 of Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon were selected to enhance the Petite Sirah’s robust structure and intense flavor.
Pair this sumptuous red with slow cooked baby back ribs and any smoked or barbecued meats.