Following Kindred’s Path
A release party at Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant on May 28 opened the floodgates for Kindred 2011 Arizona Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo blend.
A collaborative blend—four barrels of wine produced by four very talented Arizona winemakers—the release party featured a round-table discussion with Tim White (Arizona Stronghold), Kent Callaghan (Callaghan Vineyards), Todd Bostock (Dos Cabezas WineWorks) and Maynard Keenan (Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards and Four Eight Wineworks), moderated by Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas.
The collective goal of the collaboration was that each of the contributed components would be visible, each contributing to the overall flavor, yet not dominating, all working in harmony. Tim White explained that, although the wine doesn’t have an overwhelming flavor profile of any of the contributed wines per se, it has attributes from each. With Maynard adding, “It’s almost more than a sum of its parts.”
The idea for Kindred came originally from Tim White, who then brought it to Maynard for his opinion, thinking that “maybe I’m crazy.” Maynard didn’t think he was crazy. Rather than trying to make a wine together, from grape to glass (something akin to “too many cooks in the kitchen”), they realized it would make more sense to bring a finished barrel to blend. Todd Bostock expressed that they hope that the concept will battle the perception that there is animosity amongst the Arizona winemakers, when the reality is that anytime an Arizona winemaker does good, it elevates everyone, and validates what they are doing.
They’re discussing ideas for the next wine, maybe a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre – Rhone-style blend), with the addition of a little Malvasia. They would also like to invite some other winemakers around the state into the rotation.
Read Ruelas’ article, “4 Arizona vintners create new Kindred wine together.”
Learn more about the formation of Kindred in Nathan Brugnone’s article “Kindred Spirits Coming Together,” from our summer issue.
Since its release, Kindred has been active around the state of Arizona and beyond.
June 8: Arizona Stronghold released Kindred for sale at its tasting room in Cottonwood
June 15: Kindred was released at Dos Cabezas WineWorks tasting room in Sonoita
June 16: Callaghan Vineyards began serving Kindred in its tasting room in Elgin
First week of September: Maynard is saving Caduceus Cellars’ allocation of Kindred for the grand opening of his new Four Eight Wineworks tasting room in Clarkdale (near Cottonwood)
Arizona wine meets California…
June 22: Arizona Kindred Wine Dinner at Destino Restaurant in San Francisco
June 23: TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting in San Francisco
With only around 100 cases of Kindred produced in total, they are going fast! For those who haven’t tasted Kindred, don’t miss an opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind Arizona wine in one of these great winemakers’ tasting rooms. It won’t be around forever!