Dos Cabezas stands as the only wine brand I’ve consumed to hail from the great state of Arizona. No, really: They grow grapes and bottle wine in every state in the U.S., so why not sweltering Arizona, too?
Dos Cabezas is based in Sonoita, a mountainous region (nearly a mile high, where it gets awfully cold) south of Tucson, near the Mexico border. They grow all kinds of wine grapes here — white and red — and the eponymous “Red” wine (of which 300 cases were made) is a blend of “almost all the red grapes we work with.”
While I’m still working to figure out exactly what that entails, this Red is entirely drinkable, a very fruit-forward wine that, in my mind, tastes of jammy zinfandel, but still has some of the earth and tannin of cabernet and merlot. Some green herbs — sage and rosemary — are on the finish, too. And yet it’s a young and soft wine — give it some time in the glass and it’s even better. Nothing overwhelmingly complex here, but this is a wine that was obviously blended by someone who knew what he was doing.
I’d never — ever — have thought to even consider drinking a wine from Arizona, but Dos Cabezas certainly surprised me. (That said, I was considerably less enamored with the Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio blend.) Should you happen to encounter a bottle (unlikely, but you never know), give it a spin and you might be shocked by the quality in the glass.
B+ / $15 / doscabezaswinery.com
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