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March 5th, 2014 12:01 am JAY BENNETT | Music Stories

Drank Extra: Nagual De La Naga (Caduceus Cellars, 2011)


This bottle of Arizona wine—yes, people are making the stuff in that arid land of intolerance—declares itself “big yet subtle and well balanced.” Kind of a bloodless description when you consider this 50/30/20 blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese is the handiwork of “M.J. Keenan, Winemaker.” You may better know M.J. as Maynard James, frontman of Tool, the ’90s art-metal act that still carves out time for concert engagements when its enigmatic singer isn’t stomping grapes in the cooler high desert north of Phoenix. Keenan ditched the loser rock-’n’-roll milieu of L.A. for the Grand Canyon State about a decade ago on a spirit quest toward vinting. In the process, he kind of sort of put ’Zona winemaking on the map—at least in the minds of diehard Tool-heads and a handful of Phoenix wine snobs. Keenan’s 2011 batch of Nagual de la Naga is a smooth, low-acid red with a pleasant caramel taste in the finish. It’s also $50 a bottle. To the sort who would pay more than that to see the inscrutable frontman perform a two-hour show obscured from the audience’s view, it must seem like a bargain. Not recommended. 

SEE IT: Tool plays Moda Center, 1 N Center Court, with YOB, on Thursday, March 6. 8 pm. $40-$75. All ages.

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