Matchbook Tinto Rey
A big, bold red wine with generous fruit flavors, layered complexity and silky finish.
Blend: 43% Syrah, 40% Tempranillo, 7% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Graciano Production: 6460 cases
This was a warmer season than normal on average which accelerated the early fruit ripening. A cool August allowed the grapes to hang on the vine well into September which produced incredible quality.
After one day of cold soak, the tank was bled to concentrate the flavors. We pressed off at three to zero Brix after an eight day fermentation to allow brighter, cleaner fruit expression and to avoid heavy tannins. After two aerative rackings, the wine went down to barrel in October 2005. The final blend was created in May of the following year.