Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2009 Nachise
Partners Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski produce a number of wines from 100% Arizona fruit under their Arizona Stronghold Vineyard label. Well-priced and widely distributed for local wines, the ASV portfolio of wines are a great introduction to the Grand Canyon State.
A Rhone blend, the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2009 Nachise is made up of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre. Aged in French oak, the $19 wine comes in at 14.3% alcohol. A spicy, earthy nose, aromas of cedar, blackberry and red cherry are followed by a subtle hint of black pepper.
The medium-to-full bodied palate displays herbs, plum and cassis with a pinch of rosemary. The end result is a a beautiful wine that is uniquely Arizona.
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