2006 Pax "Venus" Sonoma County Roussanne/Viognier (Previously $40)

SKU #1211718 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the 2006s, which are all in bottle, the 2006 Venus is a blend of Roussanne (63%) and Viognier (37%), and much like the 2007 Nepenthe, it offers terrific tropical fruit and honeyed citrus characteristics in its bold personality. (RP)  (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Hazy gold. Spicy orange, pit fruit and pear on the nose, with a zesty white pepper quality adding energy. Sharply focused citrus and peach flavors are reined in by tangy minerals but gain strength with air. Finishes broad and long, but with very good clarity and thrust. Offers impressive restraint and balance, with no excess fat. (ST)  (5/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Shows charming floral honeysuckle notes, with spicy citrus, melon, lychee and apricot flavors. Has good intensity and persistence, with an acidity keeps this light on its feet. Roussanne and Viognier. (Web Only—2008)

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).