If you’ve never had a wine from Arizona, you are not alone. I never did until the recent Wine Blogger Conference and I was intrigued. When I had the chance to pick a bottle from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards recently at Churchill’s, I didn’t hesitate.
Arizona Stronghold wines come from the land of Apache Chief Cochise. Winery owners Eric Glomski and Maynard Keenan believe that the soils and climate of their vineyards stand up to the best in the world.
Their winegrowing effort is all about elevation. They’ve found what they believe to be the perfect “Mediterranean Band” in the mid-Arizona elevations between the heat of Phoenix and the cold of Flagstaff.
Mangus is their Super Tuscan blend featuring 69% Sangiovese, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It checks in with a 14.5% alcohol level.
This wine has plenty of lush fruit with cranberry and dried cherry being prominent. On the palate there are some dusty spices that give it a rustic appeal and elevate the quality of the wine. Mangus is a very enjoyable wine.
Mangus has a retail price of $24.99. An Arizona Stronghold Cabernet Sauvignon was also available at Churchill’s in Perrysburg. I suggest you saddle up and try one of their Arizona wines.
Rating: 3 of 5 Value: 3 of 5