Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Regional Wine Week: A Fine White Wine From Arizona

In honor of Regional Wine Week 2009, Dave McIntyre suggested a post about this fantastic white wine we tasted today from Arizona. What?! Arizona makes wine? Sure, they make wine in Arizona. And why not? High-elevation vineyards at roughly 4000-5000 feet above sea level. Warm days. Cool nights. Sandy soils with good drainage. Sounds a little like Mendoza, Argentina, which is also a high-elevation desert. And who hasn't heard of Mendoza, Argentina with regard to wine production?

Earlier today, during a class on Australian wine, I popped out the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 'TAZI' White Blend from Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona. This is a bit of a celebrity wine as its one of the projects fostered by Maynard Keenan of the rock band TOOL.

TAZI is a blend of white varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Malvasia Bianca. It's a stunning wine too--big and lush aromas--think mandarin orange, ripe Anjou pear, juicy white peach and honeysuckle petals all wrapped up in a very smooth, medium-bodied package with lush texture and a lingering finish. The wine sorta reminds me of the Conundrum white from California, without the sweetness.

And if you want to run out and grab a bottle and you live in the Washington, DC area, there are a few retailers of note where you can purchase the wine:

Planet Wine Shop in Del Ray, Alexandria, Virginia

Whole Foods Market Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
Wine Underground, Baltimore, Maryland

1 comment:

Thomas @ The Blog Wine Cellar said...

Good to see these wines are getting a bit of national attention and exposure. I'm from Arizona and the wines are all over the state as you could imagine. Maynard and Eric are really making some good juice. Cheers~