Arizona Wine at Devoured 2013
Up next, Page Springs. First is the 2011 Vino del Barrio Blanca which comprises 60 percent Chenin, 25 percent Sauvignon Blanc, and 15 percent Gewürztraminer (which means "spicy"). This wine falls in the same grouping of the Arizona Stronghold Tazi and Pillsbury Wild Child White, aromatic white blends that are fermented dry. Of the bunch, this is probably the lightest -- dare I say, lacking complexity. But for the price, it's easy-drinking, light and versatile, as far as food pairing goes. I like the floral spicy notes that come from the minimal presence of the Gewürztraminer. Perfect for Arizona summers, enjoy really cold. Next up is the 2011 Mule's Mistake, which is 64 percent Zin, 13 percent Pinot Noir, 12 percent Syrah, 5 percent Barbera, 4 percent Grenache, 2 percent Gewürzt. This is a very interesting blend of grapes, to say the least. Not one varietal really stands out, and I think that just like the Pillsbury Wild Child Red, it's meant to be enjoyed effortlessly. It could also act as a Pinot stand-in for Arizona.
I know that Eric has been playing around with Pinot Noir here in Arizona and is experimenting with sites. Although he has bottled Pinot Noir by itself, he still using the little he has into blends. The 2010 SGMP is next. It is a blend of 47 percent Syrah, 31 percent Grenache, 13 percent Mourvedre, and 9 percent Petite Syrah. Here's another GSM from Glomski's efforts. Although this blend had a lot of spice on the nose, it was kind of light on its feet in terms of complexity and structure. Again, with the presence of Petite Syrah, I don't understand why this blend didn't have a little more backbone. I was slightly underwhelmed.