$17.99 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Yolo-county based Crew Wine Company, makers of nine Matchbook wines—including Tinto Rey, has become one of our go-to suppliers. This company produces four brands in total and is owned by the very prolific Giguiere family, farmers in the region since 1973 and previous owners of R.H. Phillips winery—birthplace of the incredibly popular Toasted Head Chardonnay—which was sold off handsomely to a major wine firm in 2000. Shortly thereafter, the first Matchbook vineyard was planted and the party started again when Crew Wine Company was formed in 2005.
They say winemaking is all about the fruit, and great grapes come from the most unlikely of places. Just ask Robert Parker, whose Wine Advocate slapped 90 points on this 2010 effort. Lots to love, including the price!
Robert Parker Tasting Notes (90 pts): “This seriously endowed red spent 26 months in a combination of American, French and Hungarian oak. A beauty, it exhibits notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice, black cherries and blackcurrants as well as a medium-bodied, lusciously fruity, sensual, opulent personality. This medium to full-bodied, gorgeous wine should drink well for several years.”
Blend: 49% tempranillo, 27% syrah, 15% graciano, 6% cabernet sauvignon and 3% tannat
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