Caduceus Cellars Nagual De La Naga 2015

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CANA201510 UCNZ
  • Extremely limited, cult wine from Arizona, USA.
  • A classic Super Tuscan style blend, but on steroids!
  • A contemplative & romantic red, exclusively imported by United Cellars NZ.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $159.99
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Editors notes

70% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sagrantino, 10% Aglianico. Arizona’s expression of a Super Tuscan. Rich and complex yet alive with harmony and balance. Benefiting from decanting in its youth, there is a constant evolution as the wine opens up to the air. Aromas of cherry, fresh sweet tobacco, and ripe berries. Characters of each component have their place to shine. Food friendly and plush texture.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Almond
    • Fig
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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USA

The United States is now the fourth-largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the country's output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case, North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973 when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.

Arizona

Arizona is an American state with a now-burgeoning wine industry that dates back just to the 1970s. Today, this desert state is home to more than 120 wineries and tasting rooms. In southern Arizona wine country, the climate and soils are similar to those of some wine-producing regions of California and Argentina. The most abundant wine areas in the southern half of the state are Willcox and Sonoita, the state’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA); their vineyards produce almost 75% of the state’s grapes. Among the grapes that grow here are Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Willcox now also has its own AVA. In northern and central Arizona wine country, you’ll find thriving wine culture among the cities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Cornville, Camp Verde, and Sedona. Verde Valley, now also its own AVA, has a climate similar to that of Mediterranean grapegrowing regions. With its volcanic soils, mild winters, and hot summers (balanced by cool nights), this AVA grows deeply coloured, thick-skinned grapes that boast lots of flavour.

About the brand Caduceus Cellars

Maynard James Keenan, an acclaimed musician and visionary, has not only left an indelible mark on the music industry but has also ventured into the realm of winemaking in Arizona. As a true pioneer, he embarked on a remarkable journey, creating the Caduceus Label for his esteemed Arizona vineyard, Merkin Vineyards.

Amidst the bustling life of recording and touring with his award-winning bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Keenan found a moment of serendipity while gazing out from his patio. It dawned on him that the climate, soil, and terrain surrounding his abode in Northern Arizona bore striking resemblance to the hallowed grounds of renowned wine regions across the globe.

With this revelation, Keenan's passion for winemaking was ignited. In collaboration with his dedicated family, he founded Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards, a small-scale, independent winery that embodies their collective vision. Committed to excellence and driven by a quest for quality, their production remains deliberately limited, allowing them to craft wines of unparalleled character and distinction.

Guided by Keenan's unwavering dedication to his craft, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards have become a testament to the harmonious union of artistry and winemaking. Through meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the terroir, they have unlocked the true potential of Arizona as a thriving wine-producing region.

Keenan's creative spirit, honed through years of musical innovation, now finds expression in the art of winemaking. Each bottle from the Caduceus Label carries not only the richness of the land but also the soulful passion and relentless pursuit of perfection that define Keenan's artistic endeavors.

In a world often dominated by commercialism, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards offer a glimpse into a more intimate and personal approach to winemaking. It is a family affair, where every step, from vine to bottle, is executed with care and reverence. The limited production ensures that each wine is an embodiment of the essence of the land, a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship of those involved.

As the Caduceus Label continues to captivate wine enthusiasts, it stands as a testament to Maynard James Keenan's multifaceted talent and his unyielding commitment to exploring and mastering diverse artistic avenues. With each sip, one can taste the fusion of Arizona's terroir and Keenan's creative spirit, a symphony of flavors that celebrates the profound beauty found in the convergence of art, music, and winemaking.

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