Tonight’s quick sip hails from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, located in Cornville, Arizona. Situated on the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement, the vineyard is a partnership between Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski (I highly recommend the documentary, Blood Into Wine, to learn more about Maynard and his Arizona wines). The vineyard site is 80 acres with 70 acres currently under vine.
The 2008 Tazi is a white blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Chardonnay, 19% Riesling and 8% Malvasis Bianca. Floral and fruity components of peach, melon and citrus on the nose. On the palate, a medium-bodied, crisp, clean wine with notes of pear, apple, and lemon. Retailing for $17.99 and aged in a mixture of stainless steel and neutral oak, the Tazi is a delicious example from Arizona. Cheers!
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3 thoughts on “Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2008 Tazi”
These guys are making quite a name for themselves in the wine industry – doing great things for ‘regional’ wines and for those states that typically don’t receive much deserved national recognition (those other 46/45). Have a conference in Scottsdale in late February, and seriously considering making the 2 hour drive up to visit the winery.
Interestingly, the Malvasis Bianca seems to grow reasonably well here – altho very little planted in Virginia. A couple rows planted at Monticello.
Thanks for stopping by. Not only are they representing “regional wine”, but they are producing some fabulous, terroir-driven wines at the same time. I’ve been impressed with all their wines to date and look very forward to trying more. If you haven’t checked out “Blood Into Wine” yet, I highly recommend. Cheers!