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, encompassing 89,000 acres of gently rolling hills in northwest Yolo County, has a Mediterranean style climate. These climactic conditions, combined with wonderful air-drainage, make the appellation less frost prone in early spring and favor the grapes with cooler summer days than the rest of Sacramento Valley. However, it’s important to note that days are still very hot here.

Canadian-owned R. H. Phillips, the AVA’s pioneering winery, has a 1,300-acre vineyard and a state of the art winemaking facility. The winery is dedicated to continuing research to preserve the quality of fruit during harvest and fermentation. All wines made at R.H. Phillips are cold fermented and many of the grapes are actually harvested at night to minimize time in the hot sun and oxidation. In addition to the very successful classic French varietals, considerable work is also being done with southern Rhone varietals, which seem to be gaining substantial recognition. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... and ... ... and then there's Dunnigan Hills and Seka Valley, which I passed when on I-5 and 505, but the wineries are too far off the road.  I did stop on the way up in Corning where olives are the game--they've beat Italian EVOO in their own Tasting of Paris-type even... Read More

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  • Matchbook Syrah 2013


    Big fruit flavor, a touch of spice but not overpowering and so smooth! I prefer white but occasionally drink red and this one is definitely on my short list of tasty reds. Read More

    Wine review by Shebaac

  • Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2012


    Kind of flat and flabby. There's oak and lemon cream on the nose and the palate. Not a whole lot of acidity or depth just the oak and not much else. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • There have been quite a few threads on here about wines for weddings.  GdP ... a creditable Chardonnay from Dunnigan Hills AVA in California for about $12 for those who insist on Chardonnay. We also had a Cava called Dibon that blows Segura Viudas and Cristalino away.Good reason to work with your local wine shop is that they will take back unop... Read More

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  • Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo 2011


    A lot of melon greets the nose here, along with some ivy tones and floral spice notes. Light and fresh in the mouth, this is fairly transparent with a nicely delicate layer of raspberry fruit rubbed with dried orange peels and eucalyptus leaf. The eucalyptus inner-mouth perfume is unusual and lends this a rather holiday spice quality. The finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Match Book Tinto Rey Dunnigan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


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  • Matchbook Chardonnay Dunnigan Hills 2009


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    Wine review by kelliepeterson

  • Toasted Head Merlot 2007


    I really like this. It is spicy and earthy and not too fruit forward. There is a little bit of dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry. But lots of unique wood, cedar maybe juniper. A nice touch of vanilla. Wonderful, warm, spicy, smooth. Complex enough to make it interesting.Will buy again. Read More

    Wine review by lolazaza

  • Matchbook Tempranillo NV


    P and P like this. 4/20/11 Read More

    Wine review by philipslewis

  • Toasted Head Merlot 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by yogagirl1

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