From time to time, I’ll answer some of the queries that pop up in the web searches that bring people to The Arizona Wine Monk.
Tempranillo Vines in Willcox
Here’s our first installment:
jerome honeymoon cottage cellar 433: Built by Douglas, the owner of the Little Daisy Mine for his new wife, Cellar 433 does have a small vineyard near the cottage, growing Syrah and Zinfandel, if I recall correctly. It’s not usually open to the public.
3 girls pinot noir: This is a Pinot Noir from Lodi, and out of my ability to critique here, sorry. Though I also admit, I’m not fond of California pinot in general. For a delicious Arizona Pinot, check my review of the one from Del Rio Springs here.
echo canyon vineyard for sale, echo canyon winery for sale, echo canyon wineyr for sale : As far as I’m aware, it still is; though some of the fields are now farmed by Javelina Leap, growing Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the winery equiptment was bought by Passion Cellars for use in their Willcox facility, however. But I’m pretty sure the land is still for sale.
caduceus wine judith, judith 2012 wine, caduceus judith 2012: Usually made with Tempranillo, the early vintages were made with Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve been lucky enough to drink two different vintages of this particular wine, named in honor of Maynard’s mother. The grapes are grown here in Jerome. Read my review of the 2012 Judith here.
www.bodega piercewinery.com: Bodega Pierce and Saeculum Cellars are two wineries associated with the Pierce Family, and the wine is made by Michael Pierce, who also teaches oienology at Yavapai College. Their website is http://bodegapierce.com/. Check also http://saeculumcellars.com
arizona hops vines: Arizona Hops N’ Vines is one of the most fun wineries in the state. I’ve reviewed a couple of their wines here, and here, and did a podcast with Megan and Shannon here. They grow both grapes and some hops. The hope is to eventually brew beer on site also.
fluffer wines: The Fluffer is from Arizona Hops N’ Vines, and is a sparkling Muscat Canelli from New Mexico and it is pretty darn tasty.
sparkling wine made in arizona: So far, there is none which has been made entirely in Arizona, (though the fruit occasionally comes from here) but neighboring New Mexico is famous for their sparkling wines, especially Gruet. I have been told there are several people who are contemplating making one. However, since these projects were told to me in confidence, I cannot say more. It’s only a matter of time, though.
echo canyon vineyards 2003 sangiovese price, 2003 echo canyon sangiovese: When the Sangiovese was in the tasting room, it cost $24, if I recall correctly. It was a good vintage, and proof that Arizona Sangiovese, while often very light, does age well. It was sold out before I had a chance to review it.
hell’s half acre wine: This blend from Passion Cellars consists of 40% Vigonier, 20% French Columbard, 15% Pinot Grigio, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Vermentino. It’s probably my favorite white wine at Passion Cellars right now, and you can listen to the podcast I did with some friends about this wine here.
az wine monk, echo canyon wine monk: That’s me. I review Arizona wines because I really like drinking wines from my homeland. I can sometimes be found working in the tasting room at Echo Canyon, though I’m usually in the tasting room at Passion Cellars, when I’m not on the road tasting wines.
chateau tumbleweed wine reviews: I’ve reviewed wines from Chateau Tumbleweed a number of times. I’ll be reviewing another one of their wines next week, their Whole Cluster Merlot… I hope. Time is getting squished together lately.
vineyard and hops in arizona: Other than Hops N’ Vines and Sonoita, the only other vineyard I’m aware of with hops are a few vines at Page Springs Cellars, but no beer is made with them that you can acquire at a store. I know a homebrewer who has played with them though, and it was a tasty brew.
what is the wine with the monk label: Well, as for Arizona wineries, there’s the Abbot, at Burning Tree Cellars…. some of the wines from the Village of Elgin Winery also have monks on them also.
echo canyon vineyards 2003: The only remaining vintage from 2003 at Echo Canyon is the sedonatage, which I have reviewed here. Other 2003 vintages from Echo canyon that were sold there previously were a Sangiovese and a Merlot.
john mcloughlin cellar 433 arizona republic: Ah yes, the Montepulciano “Death” fiasco. I purposely refrained from commenting on that. I talk about wine, and let the people talk about themselves, or other people talk about them. My job here at The Wine Monk is mostly to speak for the wines, who sometimes have no other voice.
verdi valley series: As far as I’m aware, nobody has done a specific series about Verde Valley Wines. There are a number of wineries that make wines from Verde Valley fruit though: Rio Claro, Freitas, Caduceus, Page Springs, Oak Creek, Javelina Leap, Alcantara, and Echo canyon come to mind.
de lancellotti pinot noir 2013: I heard this is a decent vintage coming from the Willamette valley in Oregon, but I find Pinot from this region to be underwhelming. There, I said it. You can all lynch me now.
best arizona stronghold wine: This is a loaded question. It varies on my mood. Generally? Best white: Anything Malvasia. Best red: the Lozen (which I haven’t reviewed yet, oddly enough), though their Syrah which they had a while back was one of the best in the state. Best rose? Dayden.
echo canyon winery, echo canyon winery tasting: A little bit of the history of this winery is touched upon in my review of the Sedonatage (see above), but a tasting at Echo Canyon, as of 6/6/15 will cost you $9, and you will try four wines from 2003 and 2004, from Willcox and the Verde Valley. They will all be reds. The case discount there is 15%, and if you buy two or more bottles, your tasting will be free.
carmel winery cabernet sauvignon: Someone asked me about this in the tasting room the other day. I don’t know anything about it, sadly. I’ve wanted to try wines from the Carmel area of California for a while, though, but haven’t been able to track them down.
kindred 2012 wine: The Kindred is awesome. It’s a great wine, and a really interesting project. I reviewed a bottle for The Noise, and was more impressed with the 2012 vintage than the 2011, myself, though another friend of mine likes the 2011 more. Everyone has a different palate, and I’m a sucker for GSM blends from out here.
famous arizona winery: Arguably the most famous is Caduceus, thanks to Maynard being a member of Tool and a number of other bands. Second most famous is arguably Callaghan’s, who’s been served a few times at the White House. Third most famous is probably Page Springs, but a few of our wineries are being noticed out of state these days.
2007 silver oak cabernet sauvignon: Not an Arizona wine; but from Alexander Valley, California. I’ve actually had this wine. It’s pretty nice.
arizona pinot noir: I haven’t reviewed any other Arizona Pinot Noir other than Del Rio Springs, but Sonoita Vineyards makes one, as occasionally does Caduceus, but that wine is member’s only, and even I don’t get to drink it. Granite Greek Vineyards makes a blend of Estate fruit and California fruit. Overall, it’s not our best grape, but the region around Chino valley does hold exquisite promise for this varietal.