AG Pick Under $15: 2007 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon

Looking for a bold red wine to add a little spark to your weekend?  Pick up a bottle of the 2007 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon.

The name and the singed label hint at the smoke flavors in the wine, though it was owner John Giguiere’s pyromania as a child that actually inspired both.  Besides Cabernet Sauvignon, Matchbook produces Chardonnay, Syrah, Tempranillo and a red blend called Tinto Rey.

The 2007 Cabernet is from California’s Lake County and is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Sirah and 5% Syrah.  After fermentation the wine spent time in 25% new French oak barrels and 75% older French and American oak barrels.

Deep ruby red in color, the wine has intense aromas of black fruit and spice.  Initial flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and plum give way to leather and herbal notes, with hints of cedar, tobacco and smoke adding complexity.  It’s velvety smooth in the mouth with a long and satisfying finish.

This wine makes a nice accompaniment to steak, burgers, lamb and other grilled red meats.

A bottle of the 2007 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon costs $14.99.