Auction Napa Valley 2013 is just a month away. As Napa Vintners prepare to raise more money for the health and well-being of our Valley’s residents, it’s a great time to look back at how the $7 million from the 2012 auction was given away. Click here to see the 2012 Auction Napa Valley grant recipients.
Here is my brilliant prose from the email:
Summer is over. Alec is off for his second year of college and Sasha and Randy (in a bout of empty-nester syndrome) had a baby. A four-legged baby that is. Alec and Odie now have a 13 week old baby “brother.” Charlie is an adorable little fuzzy maltipoo. We won’t bore you with pictures in this email.
In between middle-of-the-night trips carrying the puppy to the backyard, our thoughts are starting to turn to harvest. It has been a terrific growing season in the Napa Valley and the crop at both of our vineyards is looking great. Baconbrook should be ready in just a couple of weeks and Butterdragon will follow a week or two after.
But before we start getting our hands dirty in the vineyard and winery, it’s time to release some wine. We are extremely excited to debut the 2009 Baconbrook Cabernet Sauvignon.
2009 marked the return to normalcy — if any year is normal in farming — after a challenging and low production 2008. Mild temperatures and little rain throughout the Spring and early Summer had everything looking good and moving at a comfortably slow pace. It warmed up just-in-time for veraison and the clusters colored quickly and evenly. Continued mild weather throughout August and September gave the fruit plenty of time to get ripe. Baconbrook, always the first ready to harvest, came in on September 23rd. Butterdragon Hill continued its slow maturation into October until late season rains followed by cooler weather caused a more urgent ending to what had been a fairly mellow year. We harvested Butterdragon in two picks on October 7th and October 21st.
Still very young, this wine already offers a delicious blend of cherry and raspberry flavors with currant, milk chocolate, crushed tea leaves, and sweet oak. Bold, with an extremely long finish, its polished, sweet tannins and focused acidity promise even greater days ahead. We’re incredibly proud of our 120 cases of 2009 Baconbrook.
Pricing for Baconbrook remains unchanged.
- 750ml bottles – $66
- 1.5L magnum bottles – $138
- 375ml bottles – $34
- We pay for ground shipping on orders of $400 or more.
- Orders of any size shipped to residential address will incur a $5/box surcharge assessed by the common carrier.
- Shipping should begin in mid to late October but we will hold your order until cool temperatures allow safe shipping.
Did you hear the news about our 2002 Butterdragon Hill?
In a recent blind tasting retrospective of the 2002 vintage, Wine Spectator magazine rated it among the top wines of the Napa Valley and said “this remains a voluptuous mouthful of Cabernet, even better with age. Ripe, supple and plush, with tiers of plum, black cherry and dark berry flavors, this fairly glides along the finish, ending with melted black licorice, road tar, and mocha notes, turning to dark berry themes. (94 points)”
We only made 500 cases but did hold a few cases back to be available to you now. For a wonderfully aged wine that rates among the top Napa Valley wines of the vintage, order here.
Thank you so much for allowing our wines to be part of your family’s table.
The Match Vineyards Family
MATCH Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Butterdragon Hill 2002 Score: 94 | Release price: $72 | Current price: $NA
This remains a voluptuous mouthful of Cabernet, even better with age. Ripe, supple and plush, with tiers of plum, black cherry and dark berry flavors, this fairly glides along on the finish, ending with melted black licorice, road tar and mocha notes, returning to dark berry themes. 2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made.—J.L.
The full article is available here though you must be a subscriber to the Wine Spectator Online Edition to read it.
We have a limited amount of our 2002 Butterdragon Hill available at our online store.
Small Business Saturday…
All equal Big Savings on Big Bottles.
Starting at 12:01 AM (Pacific) on Friday morning and lasting until midnight Sunday night (or while supplies last) every big bottle in stock will be marked down 20%. Repeat customers can log in and get their eligible discount as well. That means some of you will get 40% off the regular price on rare Match Vineyards magnums!
Please note that some of these bottles have less than 6 in stock so you should act as quickly as possible.
Visit http://matchvineyards.com/store/blackfriday.html to shop.
We had a great night last night at a benefit for MSforward, physical training and fitness for folks living with Multiple Sclerosis. Today we’re pouring at Omaha Wine Company.
Match Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Butterdragon Hill 2008
92 points | $63 | 314 cases made | Red
An engagingly complex wine that combines firmness with supple textural notes, this is full-bodied and centered on ripe plum, blackberry, tar, smoke and espresso. Gains depth and holds its focus. Drink now through 2022.—J.L. (Wine Spectator Magazine Insider 11/2/11)
All the email offers for 2008 Baconbrook have gone out. If you didn’t get an email, one of the following apply:
- You’re on our list, but we don’t have a working email address for you.
- Our painstakingly written email inadvertently ended up in your Junk email folder.
- You are waiting for the right moment to join our list. That time is now.
The solution to any one of these problems is located right here.
We took a bottle of this to Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen (St Helena) over the weekend. Great stuff if I do say so myself. If you passed on the 03 vintage in Napa, you owe yourself another look. This and other wines of the vintage have really hit their stride and are drinking incredibly well right now.