This month, we’re spilling the news ourselves on the new Stronghold Wines from the creators of Arizona Stronghold Vineyards.
One of our favorite local wines, the official state winery of the Arizona Centennial celebration and listed as one of “7 Fines American Wines for Everyday” for the “Nachise” in today’s USA Today, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, announcing their new brand, Stronghold Wines. Stronghold Wines will source fruit from outside their Cochise County home, including what founders call “American Appellation – embracing the ability to source fruit from anywhere in North America.”
“Our latest adventure in winemaking has really become an extension of the heritage we worked to build Arizona Stronghold on – the idea of creating wines that would be reflective of the terrain that the fruit grew out of, said Eric Glomski, Stronghold Wines Co-Founder and Director of Winegrowing at Arizona Stronghold and Page Springs Cellars. Arizona Stronghold as well as Stronghold Wines is Co-Founded by both Glomski and Tool frontman, musician-vintner Maynard James Keenan.
Mandala is the first wine to be released from the new brand expansion, with a White Rhone blend and a Red Rhone blend, hailing as an American Red and White Table Wine. Mandalas, often in form are often represented as dream catchers, however Keenan describes the circular forms for his wines as such, “A physical metaphor for impermanence, is composed of tiny grains of varying color and shade gathered from far and wide. Our global terrain offers an infinite palate. Drawing from this palate and upon their Intuition, Focus, Patience and Dexterity, the Artists construct and present a single moment, never to be repeated. This wine is constructed with these principles in mind. With Time, Weather and Varietals influenced by contrasting terroir as our palate, we offer you this deliberate combination of places, never to be duplicated and to be enjoyed in this moment.”
Winemakers Notes for the White Blend:
A rich and generous wine, with ripe peach, nectarine, apricot and tangerine flavors that are woven together on a full, lush body with mineral details and juicy acidity. Impressively long finish.
Pairings: Pair this wine with oysters on the half shell and creamy cheeses with dried fruits.
Grapes: 87% Viognier, 8% Grenache Blanc, 5% Orange Muscat, Grape sources: Edna Valley, Ageing: Neutral French Oak and Stainless, Cases: 1000, Bottled: 8.22.2011, Winemaker: Eric Glomski
Winemakers Notes for the Red Blend:
On the nose, voluptuous aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice emanate from the glass, all of them expanding and deepening when you take a sip. Red plums and pomegranate join the dark fruits with flawless synergy. Then more layers are revealed: tingly black pepper, anise, vanilla and violets. All that fruitiness and perfume is balanced with good acidity, supple tannins and a bit of earth.
Pairings: Pair this wine with barbecue Italian sausage with roasted bell peppers.
Grapes: 39% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 25% Petite Syrah, 5% Counoise, 4% Grenache, 2% Viognier, Fruit sources: Napa, Paso Robles, Ageing: 12 months, 50% 2 year French and Neutral Oak, Cases: 2900, Bottled: 8.22.2011 Winemaker: Eric Glomski