2/03/2011

Quick Sip: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi

Hello Friends,

After hearing a great deal about the good things happening in Arizona wine country, I’m pleased to feature my very first Arizona wine experience; the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi white wine blend. Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is located in the Sulfur Springs Valley (south east Arizona), and is a partnership between Maynard James Keenan (Tool’s front-man and owner of Caduceus Cellars) and Eric Glomski (proprietor and director of winemaking at Page Spring Cellars). The two came together in 2007 to pour their passion into producing wines expressive of Arizona’s unique terroir. Their recent wine documentary, “Blood into Wine”, which I highly recommend, provides good insight into the challenges, disappointments, and successes the duo have encountered in pursuit of crafting high quality vino in Arizona wine country. Without further ado, let’s get to the “Quick Sip” – all this talk about Arizona wine has me thirsty.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi is a white wine blend consisting of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Chardonnay, 19% Riesling, and 8% Malvasia Bianca. In the glass, the wine displays a pale straw color with green hues. The swirl and sniff reveals a bouquet of fresh, fruity tones of tree fruit, white flowers, and citrus nuances. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied and being aged in a mixture of stainless steel and neutral oak gives the wine a round mouth-feel, yet bright and vibrant food-friendly acidity. The wine has good up-front fruit flavors and a lively medium length tangy finish. I paired this wine with garlic chicken spring rolls and it paired nicely. The smooth texture and crisp acidity makes this wine a perfect partner to a wide variety of food dishes. The Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi retails for $17.99, has a synthetic (indicative of a wine meant to be consumed young) enclosure, and clocks in at 13.7% ABV. I leave you with this fine quote from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards: Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be pretentious; and it shouldn’t be hard to find. It just has to be great and it has to be made by people that care.” 

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come! Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review.

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