Tinto Rey, 2013. Matchbook

Tinto Rey, 2013. Matchbook

Item #: C0917R1DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Tinto Rey
Vineyard/Appellation: Yolo County,California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Cherry, Earth, Rose Petals
Palate: Full and Rich
Finish: Engaging Soft Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.9%

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This incredible wine comes from one of our favorite wineries, Matchbook. The winery and estate vineyards are run by the husband and wife team of John and Lane Giguiere, along with and John's brother, Karl.

Matchbook is so named because of John's penchant for playing with matches as a young boy and getting himself into trouble more than a few times. He obviously has changed in that regard because the only things he sets on fire now are his prices.

This family has been growing grapes and making wine for over 30 years and in that time they haven't skipped a beat. First of all, every wine they craft is worth more than they charge for it. This stellar selection is a perfect example.

Here's a unique blend you won't find on the grocery shelf too easily. It starts off with 51% Tempranillo, one of our favorite grapes in the world. It is the backbone of Spain's famous Rioja district and plays an important role in most of the country's great red wines.

Syrah makes up the 20% of the blend, adding boldness and color. An uncommon trio of Petit Verdot, Graciano and Tannat finish it off.

The result is a fabulous amalgam of flavors and textures that won't let up. There is the lovely cherry fruit from the Tempranillo, earth and pine from the Syrah, and plum and anise from the Graciano. All in all, a great red at a typically great Matchbook price. You can't miss!

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