I recently tasted these 4 wines from Arizona Stronghold at the famous Wrigley Mansion. See my article on that event HERE.
The Blend: 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Chardonnay, 19% Riesling and 8% Malvasia
Aging: Stainless steel and neutral oak
Production: 1,967 Cases
This was the first wine of the evening, and I think it is perfect for that purpose. A good balance between the crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc and the sweetness of the Riesling. It’s not to dry and not too sweet.
The Blend: Zinfandel, Grenache, Sangiovese, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc –no information on the exact percentages yet
Aging: Stainless Steel
Production: 872 Cases
Delicious! That is my single tasting note. Light, crisp and refreshing. The fruit is predominantly Strawberry and Cherry with a hint of terroir vaguely French in nature.
The Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Sangiovese and 9% Merlot.
Aging: Neutral Oak
Production: 1,359 cases
Another interesting wine, I found it to be quite powerful. If you like the bigger bolder reds this will be the wine for you. The style is a lot more subtle than an Australian fruit bomb or a highly extracted Napa Cab. A dry red wine, the fruit is predominantly cherry with earthy components and a strong backbone of acidity.
The Blend: 52% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and 6% Mourverdre
Aging: Neutral Oak
Production: 2,009 cases
This is a wine a could drink all night long, without having to switch to something else. Why? Great dark fruit, blackberry blue berry, very smooth fine tannins and a very interesting component that can only be described as Juniper and or pine. The wine is French in nature, more specifically Rhone. Once again, not a highly extracted fruit bomb, which is a welcome change for my palate. Great supple mouthfeel and nice long lingering finish. At 14.7% I would have expected more heat from the alcohol but I was pleasantly surprised, the heat is kept in check, and the alcohol provides plenty of lift for the aromatics.