The Crew Wine Company crafts a Chardonnay that is a very food friendly Chardonnay. The 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County is a light gold translucent color. The aromas and flavors reminded me of caramel, pears, apples, butter and a hint of slate. The reserve wine is made from the best barrels of wine with Dunnigan Hills AVA fruit. The 14.3% alcohol wine is full-bodied with medium-high acidity. The dry wine is perfect to pair with food especially risotto. For the adventurous, the wine would make a good ingredient in many recipes that call for white wine especially Chardonnay. The wine can also hold it own as an aperitif especially served chilled on a hot summer day. The wines retails for $21.99.
The one wraparound label shows a line drawing of a man (Prometheus) with fire in his hand. Next to the government information there are the words
Fire stealing Prometheus
stole a Spark of the sun
to be placed in Human hands,
and changed our Destiny.
About Crew Wine Company
The producer of The Arsonist Chardonnay is the Crew Wine Company located in Zamora, California. Crew Wine Company offers four brands: Matchbook, Mossback, Chasing Venus and Sawbuck.
The Matchbox brand includes nine products from grape varieties that grow in Dunnigan Hills. According to the Crew Wines’ website, the winemaker blends some fruit from the coast to the Dunnigan Hills wines.
If you are wondering why they use the name Matchbox, it seems the mischievous brothers as youngsters took delight in setting fires. We are looking forward to meeting the owners later this year to find out more!