Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
With the winter ag season in full swing here in the Yuma area, I wanted to help spread the word that the Yuma Visitors Center, in conjunction with local growers, are presenting another series of “Field to Feast” tours. You can find out, “What’s growing in all those green fields?” and a whole lot more. Take this half-day tour, led by one of those growers, and you’ll get the first-hand low-down on a range of local ag topics. Harvesting is included in a field located at the University of Arizona research farm. The tour will include transportation, produce and a lunch (featuring plenty of local produce I assume!) prepared by culinary students from Arizona Western College. Tickets include transportation and lunch. The tours depart from the Yuma Visitor Information Center at 201 N. 4th Avenue on the following days: January 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st at 8 AM, returning at 2 PM. For ticket information and availability, check with the Visitors Center at 783-0071.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Skeleton 2017 Grüner Veltliner (Austria) $11.99 Grüner Veltiner is Austria’s favorite white. This one has fresh aromas of green apple, honeydew melon and mango on the nose. It’s deliciously crisp and racy in the mouth, with the typical G-V spiciness adding white pepper and fresh herb hints to its apple, peach and tangerine flavors.
Château d’Aqueria 2016 Tavel Rosé (Tavel, France) $19.99 Chateau d’Aqueria is the largest estate in Tavel, and has produced wine there since the 16th century. A mix of Grenache, Clairette, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Picpoul, this has an elegant, medium-bodied palate to go with savory flavors of framboise, black cherries and fresh herbs.
Bodegas Faustino 2014 Faustino VII (Rioja, Spain) $10.99 The Faustino VII begins with bright aromas of currant, cherry and a note of vanilla. The bouquet is followed with balanced and velvety flavors of red cherries and raspberries. The finish is expressive and long, with a pleasant touch of vanilla-laced oak toast.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 Three Sisters Cuvée (Paso Robles) $17.99 This Paso Robles blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre offers plentiful aromas of strawberry and toffee, along with subtle floral and pepper-spice notes. The flavor profile displays ripe dark cherry, strawberry and toasty vanilla flavors supported by refreshing acidity.
Gainey Vineyard 2016 Estate Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley) $18.99 Vinted with estate-grown fruit from Gainey’s Home Ranch Vineyard, this is a classic style of Merlot loaded with black cherry and plum fruit enhanced by subtle notes of cinnamon and clove. The abundant fruit is wrapped in a fine cloak of smooth, velvety-rich tannins.
Director’s Cut 2013 Cinema Red (Sonoma County) $29.99 Made with fruit sourced from the Dry Creek, Alexander and Knight’s Valley, this Zinfandel-Cabernet Sauvignon blend offers a rich fragrance of blackberry pie, cassis, cherries, cigar box and vanilla followed by lush layers of fruit set upon a velvety palate. Nuances of ripe cherries, dark chocolate and sweet, smoky oak are elevated by the long, spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Taylor Fladgate Historical Collection Reserve Tawny Port (Douro Valley, Portugal) $59.99 This is a beautifully mature and complex tawny port, full of evocative, subtle nuances. Aromas of plums, figs and raisins swirl with mellow tones of marzipan and butterscotch. It’s seductively round and smooth, with beautifully integrated tannins that add grip. Rich fruitcake elements along with a fresh plum character mingle on the lengthy finish.
Frescobaldi 2016 Remole Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $10.99 The Remolè opens with fragrant scents of red and black fruits, lifted by spicy impressions of black pepper and licorice. The entry is velvety and warm, and the components on the palate are well balanced, with a tasty vein of acidity. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Lost Abbey Lost & Found Abbey Dubbel (San Diego) $9.99 In the style of the renowned Trappist and Monastic brews of Belgium, this is a rich, deep garnet-hued ale made from a blend of domestic & imported malts. The malts, along with select Belgian yeasts, work in harmony to create this remarkable brew.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364