Post by Nyarlathotep on Dec 4, 2005 13:06:14 GMT -5
Merkin Vineyards...he sure is a piece of work, that Maynard. My only question is, how did he get grapes so quickly? According to the interview in Wine Spectator, he was going to plant in the fall of 2004. It just seems a little early. Anyway, thanks for the link Bastardometer.
I'm on dial-up and can't get the page to load. Could anyone please post some pictures and a few journal entries, if it's not too much trouble? I'm really curious about this site. That spinning circle/flower thing (mandala is it called?) is trancing me out. ;D
Kiss them for me if I am delayed... to swing on the spiral...
Post by Nyarlathotep on May 10, 2006 15:52:50 GMT -5
World Entertainment News Network is reporting that TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan is planning his touring schedule around his new vineyard's harvesting and bottling because he insists on being part of the process. The eccentric rocker launched Merkin Vineyards in Sedona, Arizona last year and his first attempt at winemaking, the limited edition Primer Paso, has been a sellout.
And now the wine connoisseur is hooked on his new hobby and insists on scheduling all records, promoting and touring around the winery's most important weeks.
He says, "The guys know that I've gotta be in Arizona for the harvesting and processing, and then I'll need to be back there again for the bottling. We'll be working our touring schedule around it."
Keenan plans to release a 2004 Nagual de la Naga and a 2004 Nagual del Sensei, as well as a new Primer Paso under his Caduceus Cellars trade name later this year.
Post by Nyarlathotep on Jul 15, 2006 6:23:08 GMT -5
Here's part of Maynard's "Mission Statement"
Northern Arizona is truly a remarkable place. I scratched my head for years wondering why no one had attempted to grow grapes in what appeared to be the perfect climate. Harsh yet mystical. A survivor's paradise. I theorized a series of hurdles left over from the days of prohibition. Perhaps that minor hiccup in our nation's history stunted the development of our palate and thus veiled the potential of this region. It would take a deeper understanding for the grace, the magic, the alchemy that is wine for someone to recognize this raw frontier as a gold mine for a gifted wine making pioneer. Surely Max Schubert would have grinned and shook his head in bewilderment to see the red rocks of Sedona devoid of one single solitary vineyard. A crime. It only took me a few years of staring across my porch at Mingus Mountain while drinking a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape for the spell to take effect. And when it did, I decided then and there to plant a vineyard.
Most of those I shared this vision with just sort of nodded and secretly hoped I would stay on my meds. But the few who truly recognize that look in my eye decided to ask the right question. They asked what kind of wine I intended to make. This question has a simple answer. My art and music has been described as "thick, dense, rich, complex, engaging, emotional and spiritual" by those who are fans. And an "acquired taste" for those kind others who are not. Arizona is "thick, dense, rich, complex, engaging, emotional and spiritual," as well as being an "acquired taste." We are a match made in Heaven and surely these qualities will be reflected in the wine that Arizona will present to us. My job now is to LISTEN, as if a medium, to every detail no matter how subtle and present her story unaltered. Wish me luck.
Post by Nyarlathotep on Jul 16, 2006 7:54:21 GMT -5
You're welcome, Polly. Here's a journal entry from January 2005:
It snowed last night. The vineyard at Merkin West looks like some kind of beautiful cemetery. I wandered around through the rows snapping photos in my pajamas and combat boots. Good thing no one else was up with a camera that early. The crisp Arizona winter air has a very snappy exhilarating feeling. It's like a subtle reminder. What it says to me is..."You're in the right place."