Tasting the wine, the flavors were concentrated in the center of the mouth. The taste was smooth with mild tannins with a slightly acidic finish. The group agreed that it was a well-balanced wine, light to medium-bodied and easy to drink with or without food. We enjoyed this wine with cheese, crackers and parmesan-stuffed olives.
Aridus Wine Company is a family owned custom crush winery located in Willcox, Arizona. Their wine making facility is located in a refurbished, design award-winning apple warehouse, and is considered to be among the largest facilities of its kind in the state. Owners Joan and Scott Dahmer own 40 acres of estate vineyards in Pearce, Arizona on the banks of Turkey Creek, where grapes are grown (and vines continue to be planted), at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The Dahmers opened Aridus in 2012 with a commitment to producing elegant and approachable handcrafted wines, using only the best grapes from their vineyard as well as from other quality grape growers in Arizona, California and New Mexico. Aridus winemaker, Lisa Strid specializes in making small-lot wines and it shows in the quality and style of the wines produced.
Sand-Reckoner 2012 "3" Zinfandel was an interesting wine to taste. It had a beautiful medium red color that shimmered in the glass. The primary aromas I initially detected were earth and fig. Tasting the wine there were hints of berry and spice and the soft tannins gave way to a slight acidic finish. The tasting notes describe the wine as having wild berry compote, fig paste, nutmeg, sarsaparilla and sassafras, with the structure as big and plush.
It’s an early Saturday morning, and Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona is quiet. We have an appointment with Sam Pillsbury, who has been gracious enough to meet us at his tasting room before the start of a busy day. Sam is a casual sort of guy, full of energy and excitement. You can tell he’s a creative individual just by spending a few minutes in conversation with him.
Sam’s passion for Arizona and the wines he is producing resonates from the twinkle in his eyes and in his animated gestures as he talks and walks around the tasting room. He speaks in quick sentences, closing his eyes as if envisioning what he is talking about, moving from one topic to another; all with the same infectious enthusiasm and energy.