The 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Red Blend begins with an absolutely intoxicating aroma of plum, licorice, cinnamon, spice, blueberry and more. Lots of secondary notes come out in the glass with a little air as well. The lovefest continues when tasting this smooth, delicious wine. There is, of course, lots of rich, ripe dark fruit but also hints of chocolate, more cinnamon and licorice and even a bit of bramble. Chewy tannins lead into the dry, lingering finish.
This is the Matchbook “Left of Center” twist on a Bordeaux blend: 53% Petit Verdot, 24% Malbec and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. The robust Petit Verdot is beautifully tamed by the Malbec and Cabernet. Power and grace in a bottle!