WWoW: 2009 Nachise Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
When one thinks of Arizona their mind instantly conjures up pristine yet rugged visions of the Grand Canyon, the saloon-door-swinging wild west or maybe even Nicholas Cage stealing babies from Nathan Arizona, but rarely does ones mind think of
delicious, well made wines. That is reserved for the states of California, Oregon and Washington…right? Well watch out, ‘cause there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s making wine in Arizona that rivals the quality of these other so-called ‘wine states.’
This shouldn’t come as a total surprise, Arizona has always had a few small producers of wine lurking around but the production was never enough to warrant exposing these wines to the rest of the World. This all changed in 2007 when Eric Glomski (previously of David Bruce Winery) and Maynard Keenan (lead singer for the rock band Tool) joined forces with the purpose of making World-Class wines in Arizona. Their winery, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed.
As of right now Arizona Stronghold makes five different wines, Rose, whites and reds; Yes, I have tried them all and am duly impressed with each but the one that stood out for me was their 2009 Nachise, Rhone-inspired blend. It is aptly named as Nachise was the youngest and fiercest warrior and freedom fighter of the Chiricahua Apache. Nachise is a blend of 31%Syrah, 24%Grenache, 21%Petite Sirah and 24%Mourvedre. This is a full-bodied wine that still manages to have a bit of finesse; favoring dark fruit flavors with hints of chocolate that give way to some red fruit flavors with touches of dried herbs. This is a fantastic wine for grilled meats of any kind. Lamb and duck would especially be a great fit for this wine.
Keep an eye out for Arizona Stronghold Winery, as their star is on the rise, you won’t be disappointed!
Robert Wailes is the manager and head Adult Beverage Consultant for Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick bar in New Orleans. He has been interested in wine and adult beverages for as long as he can remember (seriously!).