Wine Review: 2010 Crew Wine Company Matchbook California Rose Tempranillo

This is a Rose made from Tempranillo grown in a warm climate on a low mountain range in the Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County. Matchbook started in 2001 when they found an abandoned sheep ranch and decided to make a go at a winery. The location was perfect for grape growing with its rocky, well-drained, loamy soils.

This Rosé is an Estate Bottled blend of Tempranillo (80%), Rose of Syrah (11%), and Rose of Malbec (9%) grown from their Matchbook Vineyard. After crushing the Tempranillo grapes, they “bled” a small amount of the juice off the skins before it had a chance to color the juice. The juice was then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Who knew such remarkable results could be achieved with this grape in this location fermented by this technique.

Aromas of sweet rainier cherries with a hint of fresh ginger waft from the glass shortly after pouring. Refreshing flavors of ice-cold watermelon and citrus flow across the palate and the citrus note hangs on through the finish. This is a great stand-alone sipper. It will pair well with Asian foods as well. 560 case production. This producer also makes a great Syrah!

Rating: Excellent (91) | $10 | 13.9% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


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