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Props to <b>Charley Brown</b>, whose leg-churning, iron-pumping 26-point day put Team E into Napa Valley last night.<br><br>
On the recommendation of her teammate Billy, CB wins a virtual case of <a href="http://www.conundrumwines.com/" target="_blank">this stuff</a>:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.wine-reviewer.com/graphics/Conundrum_bottle.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><i><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Conundrum is truly a California wine, including grapes from the Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. For the 2005 vintage, grapes were brought in over a two and a-half month period beginning August 30th - a couple weeks later than normal. Sauvignon Blanc was first, coming from eight different Napa Valley vineyards, where the warm weather can bring out this grape’s green-melon-like character at one vineyard site and its fresh-cut-grass character at another site. The next grape variety to ripen was Muscat Canelli, from warm Tulare County. Muscat is the grape that gives Conundrum its high-toned, floral aroma, along with some equally floral, cool-climate Viognier we grew in Monterey County. We also grew most of our Chardonnay and other varietals in Monterey County, one of the coolest, driest growing regions in California. The long season there—we harvested Chardonnay through November 19—allows the grapes to develop deeply ripe flavors and golden color while retaining great natural acidity.</span></i></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><i><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Because we wanted to maintain the individual character of each grape variety from each vineyard site, we chose to ferment about one-quarter of the lots in stainless steel (to maintain freshness and crispness). For complexity and texture, we fermented and aged most of the wines, three-quarters, in oak barrels, some new and some seasoned, for up to ten months. When it was time to put the blend together, we had almost sixty different flavor layers to work with.</span></i></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><i><span style="font-size:xx-small;">To me, this vintage shows an exceptional integration of these layers, with aromas of peach/apricot and honeysuckle; flavors of apricot, green melon and pear backed by notes of tropical fruit and spicy vanilla; a lush, creamy texture; and a crisp, balancing finish with lingering notes of citrus.</span></i></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">CB also wins a virtual day at the virtual <a href="http://www.villagio.com/villagio/home.html" target="_blank">Villagio Inn & Spa</a>, "the ideal <i>pied-a-terre</i> for anyone intent on exploring the glories of [virtual] America's preeminent [virtual] wine region." Virtual hot rock massages and shit.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><img alt="" src="http://www.winecountry.com/exclusive-experiences/images/category2/LE00003.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Great job, Charley Brown!<br><br>
Is this like the reality TV shows where the winner gets to pick a teammate to share the winnings with? I need some wine and pampering!
 

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Vino Victor #2 is Team B's uber-consistent <b>keith</b>, who posted 32 points yesterday to pull his powerful team into Napa Valley.<br><br>
Thanks to his teammate RocketPack's recommendation, keith wins a virtual truckload of <a href="http://www.duckhornvineyards.com/winemaker_notes/napa_valley_cabernet_sauvignon.php?id=105" target="_blank">Cabernet Sauvignon</a> from <a href="http://www.duckhornvineyards.com/" target="_blank">Duckhorn Vineyards</a>. Appropriately, Duckhorn's cabs are reliably excellent, with vintage after vintage scoring highly with reviewers for their powerful yet refined flavors, oaky and curranty and berryish and stuff. Soft tannins.<br><br>
Plus it gets you drunk real good.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://wine.appellationamerica.com/images/wineries/Duckhorn-Cabernet-Patzimaro.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Keith also gets virtual dinner at <a href="http://www.frenchlaundry.com/tfl/frenchlaundry.htm" target="_blank">The French Laundry</a>, Napa Valley's most famous restaurant. It has been honored by Restaurant Magazine as the best restaurant in the world, and chef Thomas Keller was singled out by Time magazine a few years back as the best chef in America.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.heilandhoffarchitecture.com/images/french_laundry.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 
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