Arizona Stronghold Nachise Red 2012
Blend:42% Syrah, 30% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
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.
A perfect example of quality at high elevation—with an otherwise extremely hot and dry climate—Arizona’s best wines come from vineyards at 4,000 to 5,000 feet. At these elevations, large diurnal temperature shifts allow grapes to fully ripen while retaining good acidity levels.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.