Bitter Creek Wines are a response to our wine family’s excitement about blended wines. We take the unique flavors of several grapes and combine them into one wine that unites them for a more expressive taste! Blending a wine is like creating an outfit, it all has to be good, but it is the accessories that make the statement. Just as we believe in Arizona wines, we want to support Arizona artists. Bitter Creek’s Tarot Card labels by Rick Wyckoff are selected to express the unique meaning and emotion evoked by the wine, the artist, and Tarot.
Delectably full bodied and dangerously smooth with dark fruits and spice. Cab Franc steps in for a succinct, leafy finish.
Winemaker’s Notes: Cab Franc’s lighter feel paired with the fortitude of Cab Sauv create balance and harmony within the gentle oak framework. Delicious and full bodied now, Judgment will age itself into beautiful, layers of divinity.
Pairings: Shepherd’s Pie, Seared Ahi, deeply aged cheddars, and spice cakes.
Wine Name: The World
Alcohol Content: 15.11%
Blend: 66% Zinfandel 34% Pinotage
Description: A new frame of reference for spice! This big red blend displays a wide array of dark berry fruit from black cherry to ripe raspberry with pronounced ginger and baking spice notes and a lasting warm finish.
Winemaker’s Notes: Notable firm tannins and good
acidity. Blending is thought to be a way of fleshing out a known varietal. Here, Pinotage works to broaden the
experience of a known Zinfandel. On a painter’s palette, it would be the equivalent a working a basic red into a vibrant magenta hue.
Pairings: Tandoori chicken, roasted vegetable pizza, fried eggplant, aged dutch Roomano or Spanish Valdeon cheeses.
Wine Name: The Devil
Alcohol Content: 14.1%
Blend: Barbera, Tempranillo
Description: Aromas of violets & dry autumn leaves with a hint of smoke. Delicious black cherry and currant join savory spices for a mid-bodied experience that rewards the palate with a dry fruit finish.
Winemaker’s Notes: Barbera is known to have lighter
tannins and higher acidity and Tempranillo sits about mid on both, but the time spent in neutral oak casks brings balance and broadens the experience of the dark fruit without
overwhelming it with aggressive oakiness.
Pairings: Roasted lamb chops with sage, carne asada street tacos, aged manchego or Abbaye de Belloc cheeses or a
simple chunk of dark chocolate.
Wine Name: Queen Of Swords
Alcohol Content: 14.20%
Blend: 50% Symphony 16% Riesling
17% Marsanne 17%Roussane
Description: A fragrant bouquet of ripe apricots and lemon zest.A luscious, drinkable wine boldly demonstrating
Symphony’s distinctive quality of balance. A slatey presence in a lengthy citrus finish has a cooling effect on the palate.
Winemaker’s Notes: Symphony is a hybrid created
specifically for growing in hotter regions and can be vinted on the gamut of sweet to dry. Riesling was chosen to add flesh and to accentuate the already recognizable floral nose of the Rhone varietals.
Pairings: Smoked Mackeral and mushroom risotto, baked root veggies and squash or Mahon or aged Manchego cheese,
A delicious citrus delight that melts into a rich, creamy nut finish; an achievement in balance of body and acidity.
Winemaker’s Notes: Typically vinified as a sweet, the goal of Viognier in this blend is to permeate the earthy notes of Sauvignon Blanc with its glorious perfume. The Viognier makes good fellows with an expertly aged and delicately managed Vermentino.
Pairings: Rich roasted duck with tarragon, creamy havarti with apricots and pears, and warm spiced apple pie.
Fruity and refreshing with aromas of ginger, oranges and spice with a luscious mouth-feel and flavors of cantaloupe and citrus.
Winemaker’s Notes: Dry Muscat comes together with a succulent Symphony varietal for a most graceful bouquet. A vibrant, fruity Chenin Blanc expands the flavor profile and the balancing of the acidity and the alcohol levels makes this wine a playful, but only sensory version of “sweet”.
Pairings: Broiled Sea Bass, spicy Thai food with ginger, Havarti or warm apple pie.