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Wine review: Matchbook Tempranillo 2010, California Add to ...

  • Rating 89
  • Year 2010
  • Region Central Valley
  • Varietal Tempranillo
  • Food Pairing Grilled pork chops, ham

I wish I could add a third “o” to “smooth” but it wouldn’t make it past the copy-editing desk or even my Microsoft Word spell-check. But this is a triple-o smooth, polished-as-a-cue-ball red. It’s medium-full-bodied and brimming with cherry, vanilla, cedar and tobacco notes. It could almost be Spanish, and that’s a compliment for a California wine based on a classic Spanish grape. Try it with grilled pork chops or dishes involving salty ham.

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