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Spice Route Chakalaka 2009
Spice Route Chakalaka 2009
(search item no. 109001)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spice Route's signature style has always been robust, spicy red wines, rich in character and certain to enhance every occasion. This blend of red varietals represents a fusion of flavors, as does the unique, spicy South African relish from which Chakalaka takes its name. South Africa's past has brought together many different cultures, creating today's "Rainbow Nation" of which we are justly proud.

Chakalaka shares this heritage… the relish being a complex blend of flavors known to lift the spirits when enjoyed with our traditional foods, as we are confident this fine wine will do when paired with your favorite dishes.

Blend: 37% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 18% Carignan, 10% Petite Syrah, 10% Grenache, 4% Tanat

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About Spice Route:

Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspired Charles Back to found the Spice Route Winery in 1997. Charles had bought the farm Klein Amoskuil, and this Malmesbury based farm is now home to Spice Route's Swartland terroir styled wines. The Spice Route Winery has found its signature wine style in the warm rolling hills along the Cape West Coast. Matching traditional practices in the vineyards with modern, minimalist approaches in the cellar, they produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines. The deep red soils sustain unirrigated bush vine through the long warm summers. These harsh conditions are tempered by cool Atlantic breezes rolling in overnight. In its few years since inception had a stratospheric climb into the top echelons of the South African wine industry.


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Sokol Blosser Evolution Red Blend
Sokol Blosser Evolution Red Blend
(search item no. 115077)

PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich garnet color. Sweet, pure fruit aromas of maraschino cherries, strawberry preserves and red plums. Notes of tangy cranberries, ripe raspberries and loganberries. Evolution Red has a bright edge of pomegranate and blood orange, with hints of warm earth and cinnamon. The overall mouthfeel is lighter-bodied with fine tannins, finishing smooth and juicy.
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About Sokol Blosser:

When Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 400 wineries and more than 19,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser has survived, grown and prospered as a family-owned and run operation, and they are proud to have been part of developing and shaping Oregon's now prominent wine industry.

Sokol Blosser strives to create wines of world class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment and your health, and that express the distinctive flavors of their hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who they are – their values and their sense of place. We hope you enjoy them.