Just last week, late April, we nailed down our first Stronghold red wine - Nachise.
A Rhone style blend crafted from primarily Grenache and Syrah (with hints of Mourvedre and other tasty vittles), this wine should rock the Arizona wine scene. The wine is lush and spicy with all kinds of fruits and a little earthiness to boot.
Like all of our wines, we agreed upon this blend in a blind tasting that pitted several variations on a base them against one another. All the participants in this tasting voted for the wines without knowing what they were - and the blend we chose had nearly unanimous first place votes. While I maintain veto power, I rarely exercise it , believing strongly that our consensus based process makes better wine than dictatorship.
We will put the large scale blend together soon and we're shotting to bottle in July. Keep an eye out for it Sept 1!