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Fiddlebender

Fiddlebender

 

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The Fiddlebender collection of wines reflects the diversity of

Dragoon Mountain Vineyard and John McLoughlin’s

commitment to cultivating varietals that best express

Arizona’s terroir. Artist Bart DeGraaf’s fun and whimsical renderings were specifically chosen to reflect renegade wine-maker John McLoughlin’s creative approach to

winemaking.

 

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Evolution

Chardonnay, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc

Evolution

Name: Evolution

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 12.22%

Blend: Chardonnay, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc

Description: Full bodied and expressive. This wine is citrus driven, but possesses a subtle layer of sleek minerality. Meaty walnuts show up for a flavorful and rewarding finish.

Winemaker’s Notes:  Sauvignon Blanc brings all its

pungent grassy, tropical and green-bell-pepper scents to the blend, while Vermentino adds more floral and citrus notes along with some additional leafiness. The wines

display plenty of crisp acid, but you find comfort in Vermentino’s display of nuttiness in harmony with Chardonnay’s illustrious body.

Pairings:  Crab and artichoke orzo, lobster with drawn

butter, Linguine alla vongole, Italian aged Piave,

Bouquet

100 % AZ Chardonnay

Bouquet

 

Name: Bouquet

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 13.2%

Single Varietal Chardonnay

Description: This luscious chardonnay has aromas of soft white florals with cool flavors of stone fruit and soft citrus. Well balanced, yet crisp and fruit forward with a long tropical fruit finish.

Winemaker’s Notes: A stunning expression of Arizona’s

potential. 100% stainless steel fermentation, racked three times prior to bottling, Aged 18 months, primarily in French oak. Small percentages were aged in Hungarian as well as American oak for additional complexity.

Pairings: Pair with a moment of reflection, but if you must have food try richer fish, chicken with creamy mushroom sauce or a plate of apples, pears provolone & brie

What’s Up

Riesling, Symphony, Muscat

What’s Up

Name: What’s Up

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 12.88%

Blend: Riesling, Symphony, Muscat

Description: Riesling and a less sticky, dry styled muscat

envelope Symphony and evoke seductively fragrant aromas of Seville oranges, peaches and pears. Symphony provides a palate that deftly balances sweetness and acidity for an

incredible smooth fruity white wine rich with body and

elegance.

Winemaker’s Notes:  Muscat is vinted dry with the

intention of preserving its body, richness and unmistakeable nose. The result is a modest alcohol content and beautiful smoothness. Symphony can be vinted from dry to sweet and even with a touch of tart brings welcomed balance and

fluidity to blends.

Pairings:  Spicy asian dishes, white fish, pasta with lemon and garlic sauces, creamy Fourme d’Ambert or Stilton

Out of Sight

100% Verdelho

Out Of Sight

 Name: Out Of Sight

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 14.23%

Blend: 100% Verdelho

Description: Wistfully floral on the nose with aromas of warm honey and lime peel; A citrus introduction gives way to a smooth body with flavors of stonefruits with a crisp finish.

Winemaker’s Notes:  Verdelho grapes are thick, yellow-skinned grapes that produce dimensional wines offering

layers of flavor of dryness paired with sweetness, Verdelho is also known for its racy acidity, but can be made into very dry wines.

Pairings: Char-grilled pork or chicken, linguine with pesto and clams, roasted vegetables or a true Garrotxa cheese

imported from spain.

On The Edge

Arinarnoa, Merlot, Pt. Sirah, Nebbiolo, Syrah

On The Edge

Name: On The Edge

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 13.03%

Blend: Arinarnoa, Merlot, Pt Sirah, Nebbiolo, Syrah

Description: Abundant with color,structure and flavor, Dark fruits of black berry and black cherry harmonize with poignant aromas of smoke and spice for a meaningful finish.

Winemaker’s Notes: The extended growing conditions and warm climate of Willcox allow the cross varietal Arinarnoa to thrive. It brings a fleshy Merlot together with the Pt Sirah’s desirable acidity and recognized spice.

Pairings: Thyme roasted Chicken, Pasta Bolognese, caramelized roasted veggies, or a deeply aged

Parmesan-Reggiano.

In Tune

Grenache, Marselan, Blaufrankisch, Pt Sirah, Merlot

In Tune

 Name: In Tune

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 15.50%

Blend: Grenache, Marselan, Pt Sirah, Blaufrankisch, Merlot.

Description: A Vivacious, fruity nose of sour red cherries, ripe fruit and staranise.  Graceful and complex with flavors of cherries, juicy blueberries and a hint of basil.

Winemaker’s Notes: Blaufrankisch, with notable soft

tannins void of bitterness and Marselan’s elegance and fruit structure a delicious Grenache giving it a welcomed density and add to the age-ability of this wine.

Pairings: Braised pork with bacon and onions,  Bitter

vegetables, Tomme Fermier D’Alsace cheese or Godiva 85% Cacao Extra Dark.

Tea Toadler

Blaufrankisch, Pt. Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Merlot

Tea Toadler

Name: Tea Toadler

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Blend: Blaufrankisch, Pt Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Merlot

Description: A reassuring wreath of dark berry and soft leather aromas maneuver into a very big red blend. Graceful, yet complex and rich with luscious dark berries, herbs and spice.

Winemaker’s Notes: There is a sense in this wine that one fruit lends itself to hoist the next to its greater potential. The use of neutral oak adds to the congenial structure of this blend.

Pairings: Cajun rubbed filet mignon or shrimp jambalaya, smoked provolone or vanilla creme brulee topped with fresh, tart berries.

Cannonball

Tempranillo, Pt. Sirah, Alicante Bouchet

Cannonball

Name: Cannonball

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 14.14%

Blend: Tempranillo, Petit Sirah, Alicante Bouchet

Description: A creamy nose of black cherries and freshly steeped black tea, give way to recognizable  dark fruits and spice. Full bodied and rich with depth, displaying

characteristic color.

Winemaker’s Notes: Alicante Bouchet is a cross that took two generations to complete. This grape has amazing color and intense flavor and its known unreliable acidity is maintained with prudent vineyard management and the back-bone of a well acclimated Tempranillo.

Pairings: Charbroiled rib eye, deeply aged Manchego, grilled peppers and onions, or black forest cake.

Where to buy Fiddlebender Wines

Where to buy Fiddlebender Wines

Avondale

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Benson

Cafe Roka

Casa Grande

Cost Plus World Market

Chandler & Surrounding Area

Cost Plus World Market

Fired Up Grill

Nosh

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Whole Foods

Flagstaff

1899 Bar And Grill

State Bar

Whole Foods

World Market

Gilbert

Cost Plus World Market

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Glendale

AJ’s Fine Foods

Gaslight

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Goodyear

Cost Plus World Market

Ground Control

Jerome

Cellar 433

Mesa

AJ’s Fine Foods

Sundevil Liquors

Oro Valley

Cost Plus World Market

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Whole Foods

Peoria

Cost Plus World Market

OHSO

Phoenix and Surrounding Area

AJ’s Fine Foods

Cellars Fine Wine & Spirits

The Corner Cityscape

Cost Plus World Market

First Draft Book Bar

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

Mother Bunch Brewing

OHSO

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

The Whining Pig

Whole Foods

Prescott Area

Cost Plus World Market

Crush Wine Cafe

Hotel Vendome

Lloyds Liquors

Park Plaza Liquors

Whole Foods

Queen Creek

Cost Plus World Market

Scottsdale

5th & Wine

AJ’s Fine Foods

AZ Wine Company

Cost Plus World Market

Sphinx Date Co. & Palm Pantry

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Taggia at Firesky Resort

Whole Foods

Sedona

Art Of Wine

Sedona Liquors

Whole Foods

Surprise

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Tempe

Cost Plus World Market

The Dhaba, also featuring Lupgaru Wines and Forbidden Fruit Wines

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Tops Liquors

Whole Foods

Tucson

Arizona Beer House

Cost Plus World Market

Good Oak Bar

Sprouts Farmer’s Market

Whole Foods