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Salut! Arizona wine named among top 100 in U.S.

PHOENIX — An Arizona wine has been named among the 100 best in the nation for the second year in a row.

The San Francisco Chronicle named Sand-Reckoner Vineyards’ Malvasia Bianca, a white varietal, as one of the 100 best wines made in Arizona.

This aromatic grape could be Arizona’s great hope, certainly based on Sand-Reckoner’s efforts. A day soaking on skins and fermentation in old barrels provides the seriousness found in great dry Alsatian Muscat: intense blossom aromas, plus a chaparral-like woodsy side, rose petal and dried pear. It’s densely flavored and bone-dry, full of rich orange and ripe tree fruit flavors.

The wine is made by Rob Hammelman and his wife, Sarah. Rob received originally made wine with St. Cosme’s Louis Barruol in the Rhone region of France.

Sand-Reckoner Vineyards is located in Cochise County just south of Willcox, Ariz.