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Texas welcomes the wines and music of Maynard James Keenan!

Mosaic Wine Group is proud to announce the highly anticipated arrival of the wines from Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski of Page Spring Cellars! The wines have just landed in Texas and will be distributed through Pioneer Wine Company. Coincidentally, Maynard was in Texas this past weekend touring with his iconic rock band, TOOL. Mosaic Wine Group had the pleasure of attending both shows and spending some time with Keenan to talk about his wines, and his part in the pioneering duo behind Caduceus Cellars, Arizona Stronghold and Merkin Vineyards.

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In May, Mosaic Wine Group had the opportunity to fly out to Arizona to visit the property to familiarize ourselves with the story, the terroir and the components of this innovative project in the highlands of Arizona. For more information on this visit, check out our blog post of the trip. The portfolio includes a broad selection of wines from Arizona, supplemented by a couple of wines produced in the Central Coast of California and Paso Robles, where Eric Glomski honed his winemaking skills with David Bruce Winery.

Here’s some detailed information on the portfolio of wines:

ARIZONA STRONGHOLD

  • TAZI (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Malvasia Bianca): Tazi was the eldest son of Cochise and peacemaker for the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. Tasting Notes: Fresh, bright acidity, with floral aromas and both tropical & citrus fruit flavors, leading to a clean, balanced finish. (1967 cases produced)
  • DAYDEN ROSE (Saignee Rosé of Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre): Dayden means “little girl” in Cochise’s native Apache language. Tasting Notes: Light crushing and limited skin contact lend to fruity and floral aromas, while the palate is rich and full-bodied with delicate flavors of crushed strawberries, sour cherry and crisp, refreshing acidity. (295 cases produced)
  • NACHISE (Syrah, Grenache & Petite Syrah): Nachise was the youngest son of Cochise, and fiercest warrior & freedon fighter for the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. Tasting Notes: This Rhone-style blend is rich and smoky with flavors of cassis, blackberry,  licorice and mineral notes. (Fall ’09 Release)
  • MANGUS (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Pfeffer & Petite Syrah): Mangus Coloradas was Cochise’s Father-in-Law and leader of the Mimbres Clan of Apache. Tasting Notes: Italian-style blend with bright red fruit, cardamom spice and leather, with nice concentration of dried fruit, lush acidity and firm, integrated tannins. (Fall ’09 Release)

MERKIN VINEYARDS

  • CHUPACABRA (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Verdot & Petite Syrah): “The Shape Shifter”, this wine has evolved since it’s inception, with inaugural vintages born of Paso Robles, California fruit, which will transition into Arizona fruit. Tasting Notes: Bold, rich and dark with a ribbon of acidity and freshness that leads to tremendous structure and complexity.

images-1Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Label

CADUCEUS CELLARS

  • DOS LADRONES (Chardonnay & Malvasia Bianca): “The Two Thieves”, this inaugural release of 50/50 Chardonnay & Malvasia Bianca is stunning! Tasting Notes: Tropical fruit aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango and white peach, with lovely balance and acidity.
  • PRIMER PASO (Syrah & Malvasia Bianca): “The First Step”, this Cote Rotie style Rhone blend is tremendous, bold and well sculpted! Tasting Notes: Beautifully concentrated aromas of forest, orange peel and tobacco, with velvety red & dark fruit and a deep, rich and clean finish. (280 cases produced)
  • ANUBIS (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Syrah): Rhone meets Bordeaux in our unique blend. Tasting Notes: Blueberry, floral and cedar notes lead to rich, decadent tones of clove, star anise and cigar box and a silky, smooth finish.
  • NAGUAL DE LA NAGA (Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese): From Paso Robles, this Super-Tuscan blend is a perfect combination of ‘New World’ Sangiovese meets ‘Old World’ Brunello. Tasting Notes: Raspberries and black cherries with black currant, coffee and thyme. Rich, complex and delightful.
  • NAGUAL DEL SENSEI (Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah): Inaugural release from Pope Valley in Califiornia, earned 90 points from Wine Spectator. Tasting Notes: Brawny, muscular style with fruit forward style, and velvety-smooth tannins. (87 cases produced)
  • JUDITH (100% Cabernet Sauvignon): Named for Maynard James Keenan’s mother. Tasting Notes: Incredible concentration of dark and red fruit, currant, cassis and cedar, with beautiful acidity and a long, lingering finish. (90 cases produced) – SOLD OUT

2007JudithCab1Maynard with a bottle of his prized Caduceus Cellars Judith Cabernet Sauvignon

For more information on these wines, please contact Mosaic Wine Group. And stay tuned for more information and details, including fall / winter tour dates when Maynard will be touring with his new project, Puscifer!

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Fork sculpture artist files complaint with ACLU over censorship in San Antonio

Mosaic Wine Group has learned that San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran has filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union after the Stone Oak Property Owners Association forced restaurateur Damien Watel to build a wall blocking Duran’s Fork sculpture from view.

The POA had claimed that the Fork was an authorized form of advertisement.

Watel and Duran contended that it was a work of art but were forced, nonetheless, on legal grounds to conceal the work from view from the street.

The complaint was reported today on the website of the San Antonio Express News, MySanAntonio.com.

Showdown in San Antonio: Damien Watel ups the ante

fork2From yesterday’s San Antonio Express-News:

Stone Oak’s rotund, curvy fork sculpture is now concealed behind a stucco wall approved by a property owners group. But Saturday, the wall was covered with artwork that could lead to another flap with the Stone Oak Property Owners Association.

The wall had represented a compromise between the association and the Vatel Restaurant Group, which this year installed the 14-foot sculpture outside new French restaurant Ciel, Italian restaurant Ciao2 and the Green Lantern bar on Stone Oak Parkway.

Chef and restaurant owner Damien Watel developed the property, called Plaza Ciel, and commissioned San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran to design the sculpture.

The problem was that Watel considered the fork to be art, while the property owners association saw it as a giant unapproved sign. Stone Oak regulations specify that improvements — including sidewalks, fencing, new buildings — require preapproval, which Watel did not have.

Click here to read more at the Vatel blog.

Damien Watel unveils fork censorship wall at Ciel Plaza in San Antonio

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Today, owner, chef, and developer of Ciel Plaza on Stone Oak Parkway in north San Antonio, Damien Watel (above), unveiled the censorship wall for the Gilbert Duran Fork sculpture. Damien commissioned the sculpture after opening Ciel Plaza, which features his two newest restaurants, Ciel and Ciao 2.

The work of art has been unduly censored by the Stone Oak Property Owners Association, who forced Damien to block the view of piece from the road.

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The wall (above) was completed a few days ago and was painted today by construction workers before Damien added the final touch: a red silhouette of the fork, reminiscent, he noted, of a devil’s pitchfork.

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Mosaic Wine Group’s marketing department was there on the scene to bring you live coverage!

Let a fork just be a fork at Ciel Plaza in San Antonio!

freudWhen asked about the meaning of his cigar, Sigmund Freud famously answered, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” If ever there were a time to listen to the father of psychoanalysis, it is now!

The curmudgeons over the at Stone Oak Property Owners Association are forcing the owner and developer of Ciel Plaza on Stone Oak Pkwy in San Antonio, Damien Watel, to conceal the fork sculpture created by local artist Gilbert Duran. You can read about the saga in My San Antonio here. Ciel Plaza is home to two new additions to the San Antonio dining scene, Ciel (Damien’s new fine French restaurant) and Ciao 2 (a chic, youthful Italian concept inspired by his popular Italian eatery Ciao Lavanderia).

Yesterday, Mosaic Wine Group visited Ciel Plaza to attend its Stone Oak neighborhood Paella Party and was shocked to see that Damien has already been forced to start construction of the wall. What a shame! The photos below were shot yesterday.

Ciel Plaza
Ciel and Ciao 2
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio TX‎
210-481-7001‎

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Dear Stone Oak Property Owners: please let the Ciel Plaza fork JUST BE A FORK!

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Check out the new Vatel Restaurant Family blog here.