2006 Caduceus Merkin Vineyards "Chupacabra"
What happens when you take the frontman for the band Tool and give him some land in Northern Arizona? You get Merkin Vienyards, of course. The Merkin Vineyards' "Chupacabra," though, is actually made with California fruit, and its components changes each vintage. In 2006 it is a blend of California Cabernet and Syrah. Bold and mysterious, the wine shows both a light and dark side. From black cherry fruit, tobacco and mushroom aromas and flavors to kiwi, grapefruit and nettle on the lighter end, this smoky, complex red is enticing from first sip.