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There is Graciano in the 2009 Matchbook, Tinto Rey!


A number of weeks ago Andy pointed out several more unique Californian blends.  The 2009 JL Giguiere, Matchbook, Tinto Rey, Dunnigan Hills was one of them.  This Tempranillo and Syrah blend is a little different with its inclusion of Tannat but it was the Graciano that caught my eye.  You may recall that last summer I enjoyed a bottle of 2010 Indilico, Graciano, Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley .  I rarely see Graciano in American wines so I always look forward to trying them.  We drank a bottle of the Tinto Rey right away and I was reminded of a darker Spanish-American hybrid.  This seems like an appropriate reaction given Californian history.  I kept buying more bottles with the intent of writing down a tasting note but we just kept drinking them.   I finally managed to write down a note this weekend.  This most recent bottle remained a bit tight but the dark, meaty nature was still attractive.  And so is the price.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 JL Giguiere, Matchbook, Tinto Rey, Dunnigan Hills – $17
This wine is a blend of 40% Tempranillo, 33% Syrah, 19% Graciano, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Tannat.  Alcohol 13.9%.  The nose revealed compact aromas of meaty, black fruit.  In the mouth the black fruit mixed with ripe red fruit and was seamlessly integrated with the acidity.  There were ripe tannins in the finish and some woodbox notes followed by length in the aftertaste.  This young wine has attractive flavors and should continue to unwind over the next year.  *** Now-2018.

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