I stopped reading Wine Spectator years ago, and I've yet to suffer for it. Until... I see that there is now actually something cool to the Spew: Master Maynard James Keenan blogging about his winery. The lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle is a wine nerd. But unlike most nerds, he caught the fever while already a rockstar. And his cellar? Let's just says he collects like a rockstar (i.e., a complete vertical of Penfold's Grange dating back to the 1950s).
His winery he approaches with high hopes and zero expectations, and his co-conspirator is Eric Glomsky, who spent time at David Bruce Winery in California. The 2004 vintage of their Caduceus wines has already sold out. The 2005 vintage will be up for sale on the winery's site soon. Maynard planted a vineyard on his property in Arizona, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sangiovese. These varieties echo his favorite wines (big-ass Aussies and Italians). He saw enough similarities between the the high desert south of Sedona, Arizona, and the growing regions he saw during his time touring through Australia and the warmer parts of Europe to make a leap of faith.