Arizona Stronghold Magnus Red 2011
Fabulous aromas of cranberries, dried cherry and hints of dusty spices. Full-bodied, firm acidity with silky and refined tannins that lead into a very polished finish. Balanced and attractive.
Blend: 69% Sangiovese, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon4% Petite Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Uniquely Arizona - Our wines reflect our appreciation for the uniqueness of the Arizona earth and the characters that these locations lend to the finished product. We believe that the soils and climate at the vineyard stand up to the finest in the world, feeling strongly that the wines express, first and foremost, Arizona, and secondarily the grapes and hands of the vignerons involved.
From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty United States produces wine—with varying degrees of success. Many of the colder northeastern states focus primarily on American or French-American hybrid varieties like Concord and Vidal, while Muscadine is the grape species of the warm, humid southeast. In Alaska, grapes are grown indoors in greenhouses; other states specialize in fruit wines, like the pineapple wine of Hawaii. New York and Virginia have thriving wine industries, and New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Idaho, and Ohio are all worth keeping an eye on.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.