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The Emperor

Bitter Creek Winery: The Emperor

Bitter Creek Winery: The Emperor

Wine Name: The Emperor

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 14.0%

Blend: 70% Grenache, 10% Pt Sirah, 10%Marselan,

5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Blaufrankisch

Description: Aromas of cherry, spice and earth with a hint of maple syrup precede a mid-bodied and balanced red with

flavors of cherry, plums and spice.

Winemaker’s Notes: One would expect Grenache to be

playing a supporting role, but in this wine its high alcohol and berriness are fleshed out with with the desired qualities of the other grapes’ known earthy and spice notes and fuzzy tannins.

Pairings: Pomegranate marinated lamb olive tepanade and chevre crostini, or Spanish Roncal cheese.

Read about The Emperor on AZWineMonk.com



Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc


Wine Name: Crop

Appellation: Arizona

Alcohol Content: 13.68%

Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon Blanc

Description: Dreamy, rich and full bodied with balanced acidity. A wickedly sweet nose of spring florals and vanilla  lure you in to a voluptuous mouth full of apple and soft

citrus. A lingering finish of tree fruit with a stroke of


Winemaker’s Notes:  Aged 18 months in oak and a very

limited production using the Chardonnay that took gold in the 2014 Arizona Republic’s State Wine Competition and

Festival at The Farm. Dragoon Mountain Vineyard’s

signature Sauvignon Blanc braces the body with layers of stoney minerals and palpable acidity creating harmony within this luxurious blend.

Pairings: Broiled Tilapia with lemon butter sauce,  grilled vegetables, autumn squash soup or butterscotch creme brulee.

Wine Enthusiast: 86


In Accordance: 2nd Bottling

In Accordance, 2nd bottling

In Accordance, 2nd bottling

Wine Name: In Accordance, 2nd Bottling


Appellation: Arizona


Alcohol Content: 14.14%


Blend: 35% Tempranillo 35%Barbera 10% Zinfandel 10%Pinotage 10% Alicante Bouschet


Description: As is appropriate, Alicante Bouschet bestows ripe fruit and caramel aromas. Smooth,  balanced tannin and acidity let flavors of dark berries and bramble. Less conformity, more harmony.


Winemaker’s Notes: Alicante Bouschet is a teinturier, a grape whose flesh and juice are red. enhancing this wine’s color wasn’t the reason for the addition.On its own, there are no real stand out distinctions and is often coarse, but in this flavorful, savory red blend it brings complexity and depth.


Pairings: Meaty lasagna or tapas menu of grilled vegetables and cured meats and aged sheep’s milk cheeses.