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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