Maynard James Keenan, of Tool front-man fame, is making wine in Arizona with the help of Eric Glomski, the former winemaker for David Bruce. A documentary titled “Blood Into Wine” tells their story and here’s the trailer:
The wine is being distributed locally by Martin Scott. I’ve sampled the Primer Paso under the Caduceus Cellars label (it was either the 2006 or 2007). It’s a Syrah/Malvasia blend, or as they say on their website, “Arizona’s answer to a Côte Rotie.” It was full-bodied and smoky, with high acid and notes of blueberries and black tea.
Keenan may have named the winery after the symbol of the American medical profession, but he’s also given the name “Merkin” to his vineyards.