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Review: 2009 Arizona Stronghold “Nachise” Arizona Red Wine

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We’ve covered Arizona wine before, and Dos Cabezas red blend was more of a success than Arizona Stronghold’s similar undertaking. Hailing from the area near Sedona, this wine is blended from Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Mourverdre. A racy “Rhone-style” is alas not something that leaps to mind during tasting. It has huge meat and smoke notes on the nose, then the body moves into juicy blueberry and plum notes, with a disarming sweetness that takes the wine to a place that’s quite a bit out of balance. The finish is tough and a little short, almost astringent.

C+ / $23 / arizonastrongholdvineyards.com

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Christopher Null is the creator and editor in chief of Drinkhacker.com, a veteran technology journalist, and the owner of Null Media, a custom blogging company.

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