Stronghold Vineyards was formed by Eric Glomski (Owner/Director of Winemaking at Page Springs Cellars and previously Winemaker at David Bruce Winery) and Maynard Keenan (Owner of Caduceus Cellars and singer for some po-dunk band called Tool), to put Arizona on the fine wine map. While small bastions of artistry have made a few waves with wine aficionados, Arizona still remains a vinous backwater in the minds of the wine world. The potential to make great wine has always existed in the Southwest, yet the talent and willingness to invest here had yet to fully blossom until recently. ASV lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement. The vineyard site is 80 acres with 60 acres currently under vine. The soils are relatively deep loams and clay-loams interspersed with cobbles. The vineyard sits at 4300 feet and experiences up to 50 degree fluctuations in diurnal temperatures during the growing season. Harvest usually starts in late August and runs into early October. All wines sustainably farmed. Check with Siema office for current vintage.
Tazi White Blend
Sustainably farmed; Its the Arizona version of Conundrum–blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Riesling and Malvasia Very aromatic and floral Chardonnay, Malvasia. floral, notes of mandarin orange, white peach and honeysuckle petal; smooth and lush texture, lingering finish, medium/full bodied [year 2008]
Blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bright and juicy, with ripe cherry, cardamom spice, rose petal and just a whiff of pepper and leather with good acid on the finish, light/medium bodied.
Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Petite Sirah–Maynard’s Rhone-style blend. Notes of lavender, toasted sage, white pepper rounded out by blueberry, plum, black raspberry and mocha on the finish, medium/full bodied.
Dayden Rose (Zinfandel. Grenache, Malbec)
DAYDEN means little girl in the Apache language. A beautiful dry and racy rose with notes of dried strawberry and raspberry plus a whiff of citrus fruit, lush texture, medium/full bodied.
DALA means singular or one in the Apache language and this is 100% Chardonnay. Notes of pineapple, baked apple and star fruit mixed with toasted almond and a slight whiff of vanilla. Firm and round with a lingering finish; medium-full bodied. Aged in neutral oak barrels.
Cabernet Sauvignon, DALA
DALA means singular or one in the Apache language and this is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool climate style Cabernet with notes of crushed wild berry, cassis mixed with licorice, mint and vanilla spice. Firm and velvety tannins with black pepper on the finish. 20% aged in two-year old French Oak, 80% in neutral oak.