Why Can’t We Not Be Sober

It’s sort of strange to picture Maynard James Keenan making wine. But… well, here we are!

If you’re not familiar, Mr. Keenan is a rare sort of artist. After turning down a commission to West Point in favor of a direction that led him to co-found the rock group TOOL (among other things) Keenan’s pretty much secured his place as a future Hall of Famer. Which is why it’s so… well, weird to hear his name in connection with the Stronghold Winery. Like, aren’t rock stars supposed to be making cheap vodkas with no taste? Aren’t they supposed to offer crazy bottles that look like body parts? How is this Stronghold Wines Mandala 4 Pack Sampler a simple-yet-elegant mix of generous reds and whites?

It could be that partner Eric Glomski keeps him in check, but more likely it’s that Keenan approaches this project the way he’s approached everything else: as an artist. The two bottles of 2010 Mandala White carry flavors you might never associate with the mind behind AEnema: ripe peach, nectarine, apricot, and tangerine. Sounds more like Around The World In A Day, doesn’t it? And yet, you’ll be surprised how well this wine goes with fresh oysters, or maybe creamy cheese and dried fruit.

Don’t think he’s neglecting the dark side, though. The shadowy 2010 Mandala Red is just as good as the brighter white. You’ll first confront voluptuous aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, spice, and they’ll all lead into strong red plums and pomegranate. Underneath are hidden secrets that resolve into black pepper, anise, vanilla and violets. Yes, violets. Who knew, right? But don’t you fret, because this fantastic red goes nicely with barbecued Italian sausage and roasted bell peppers.

If you’ve made it this far with Keenan’s bands, there’s a good chance you’ll trust his decisions. Give his wine a shot, huh? Because a true artist never stays still, and always produces something of worth. We’re thinking these four bottles should qualify.

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Features

2010 Mandala White

  • Grapes 87% Viognier, 8% Grenache Blanc, 5% Orange Muscat
  • Grape sources Edna Valley
  • Alcohol 13%
  • Ageing Neutral French Oak and Stainless
  • Cases 1000
  • Bottled 8.22.2011
  • Winemaker Eric Glomski

A rich and generous wine, with ripe peach, nectarine, apricot and tangerine flavors that are woven together on a full, lush body with mineral details and juicy acidity. Impressively long finish.   Pair this wine with oysters on the half shell and creamy cheeses with dried fruits.

2010 Mandala Red

  • Grapes 39% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 25% Petite Syrah, 5% Counoise, 4% Grenache, 2% Viognier
  • Grape Sources: Napa, Paso Robles
  • Alcohol 13.9%
  • Ageing 12 months 50% 2 year French and Neutral Oak
  • Cases 2900
  • Bottled 8.22.2011
  • Winemaker Eric Glomski

On the nose, voluptuous aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice emanate from the glass, all of them expanding and deepening when you take a sip. Red plums and pomegranate join the dark fruits with flawless synergy. Then more layers are revealed: tingly black pepper, anise, vanilla and violets. All that fruitiness and perfume is balanced with good acidity, supple tannins and a bit of earth. Pair this wine with barbecue Italian sausage with roasted bell peppers.

 

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Specs

2010 Mandala White
2010 Mandala Red

Winery Details

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Founded:
2007
Owners:
Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan
Location:
Cottonwood, AZ
Founded in 2007 by winemakers Eric Glomski (Owner of Page Springs Cellars) and Maynard James Keenan (Owner of Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards & Orchards) Arizona Stronghold offers sustainably produced, award winning wine.  The Stronghold Wines brand is their newest creation.  Glomski and Keenan believe that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be pretentious; and it shouldn’t be hard to find.  It just has to be great and it has to be made by people that care.
 
Profiled in the award winning documentary “Blood Into Wine” and lavished with stunned praise by the likes of Wine Spectator and The Wall Street Journal, Arizona Stronghold is showing the world that a great Arizona wine can also be a great wine by any standard.
 
Nested in the center of historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona Stronghold’s Tasting Room is a perfect destination for wine enthusiasts of all kinds.  Guests can relax while enjoying some of the finest handcrafted wine that Arizona has to offer in a comfortable and inviting lounge atmosphere.  Enjoy Game Night Wednesdays, Live Music Friday’s and educational and exciting winemaker events. Come see why Arizona Stronghold really is “Redefining the Desert with High Elevation Wine.” 

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