A Rocker and Winemaker: Maynard’s Caduceus Cellars

15 Aug

Listening to the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle or Puscifer and watching the reclusive and charismatic lead singer, Maynard James Keenan, it would not occur to most people to connect him with great wine.   However, Maynard’s wine company, Caduceus Cellars, produces exceptional wines from Arizona and California grown grapes.   These wines are not easy to find in wine stores but, outside of the summer months, they can be ordered directly from Caduceus.   I was bowled over when I sampled some Caduceus reds in their Jerome Arizona cellar and tasting room.   The wines were complex, balanced and very good.

Would you buy wine from this man??

A West Point grad and former Army officer, Maynard’s music – sometimes referred to as “art rock”  is haunting and thought-provoking.  He has applied the same creative and focused thought process that has brought him artistic fame to his successful wine endeavors.  

I recommend opening a bottle of Chupacabra and enjoying it while listening to Tool!



3 Responses to “A Rocker and Winemaker: Maynard’s Caduceus Cellars”

  1. Bobby Bunker August 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I had no clue that he was a West Pointer. I had always assumed that he must be one of those eccentric but brilliant types but not a former Army officer. Good read!

  2. Rusty August 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I prefer the Sancha = 100% tempranillo!

    …Spiral Out

    • Fumbling Viniferist August 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      My favorite is definitely the 2005 Naga! A Cabernet Sauv and Sangiovese blend that Maynard describes as “a new world Tuscan meets an old world Brunello”.

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