Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, January 20th, Historic Downtown will host the annual German Fest on Madison put on by Das Bratwurst Haus (204 Madison Ave., just off Main Street) from 11 AM to 2 PM. It’s an Oktoberfest style street festival featuring German music, traditional German dancers, German food, a Kiddie Land Play area and a variety of street vendors. And preceding the German Fest, Yuma Parks & Rec will offer a great old German tradition: a Volksmarch thru the scenic East Wetlands Park along the Colorado River beginning at 9AM. The fee to participate in the Volksmarch is $5 per person (kids 12 & under free); contact Parks & Rec at 373-5200 for more info. This event is a lot of fun and the weather has been nothing short of spectacular, so head Downtown this weekend!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Pfeffingen 2015 Dry Riesling (Pfalz, Germany) $21.99 Pfeffingen specializes in the trocken (drier) styles of Riesling. This one is fully dry on the palate, yet succulent and lively, with juicy peach and red delicious apple notes and a zippy backbone of refreshing acidity. A balanced and spicy finish offers plenty of snap.
Bench 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $18.99 This Pinot blends fruit from Carneros and the Russian River Valley. The Russian River element, while smaller, is well reflected in the bright cherry and dark berry fruit on the nose and the palate. Alluring hints of crushed flower blossoms along with notes of earthy, sweet spices give complexity to a silky texture and a lingering finish.
Shannon Ridge 2013 Wrangler Red (Lake County) $12.99 Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red has aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaf and rich dark chocolate notes. The flavor profile includes blackberry, red cherry, cinnamon spice and mocha. It’s a rich, polished red with supple tannins, fine balance and a lingering finish.
Palacios Remondo 2014 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $17.99 La Montesa is 85% Garnacha with 15% Tempranillo, made from grapes grown on the Palacios Remondo estate. It opens with scents of ripe red fruits plus light notes of vanilla and toasted oak. The palate is smooth and silky, with flavors of dark plums and cherries plus a hint of licorice.
Morgan 2015 G17 Syrah (Monterey County) $18.99 Morgan’s G17 is a blend of 87% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 5% Tempranillo. Rich coffee cake,
blackberry and cherry blossom aromas jump from the glass. The wine is medium-bodied, with silky tannins, offering a savory palate of spice, sage and black cherry fruit.
Zenato 2013 Valpolicella Ripassa (Veneto, Italy) $29.99 This Ripassa opens with aromas of juicy black plums and coffee-scented spice. In the mouth, a ripe core of juicy currant and black plum fruit is accented with elements of spice and toasted oak. It’s a rich, mouth-filling red, with fruit-drenched tannins and a lingering, spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Alejandro Fernández 2014 Tinto Pesquera Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $32.99 This Spanish Tempranillo opens with deeply scented tones of ripe blueberries and plums, complemented by hints of cedar and roasted coffee. The palate shows outstanding depth, offering layers of ripe black plum and currant fruit flavors on a solid, gripping tannic frame.
Reichsrat Von Buhl 2014 Armand Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz, Germany) $19.99 Von Buhl’s Armand Kabinett is a superb introduction to Pfalz Rieslings, with its textbook aromas of ripe citrus fruits which frame an almost saline minerality. It’s powerful and off-dry in the mouth, with juicy peach, lime and orange zest flavors that linger on a bracing finish.
Ricasoli 2016 Chianti del Barone (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99 Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in all of Italy, dating back to the year 1141. Chianti del Barone is their “basic level” Chianti, yet it’s a classic representation of the red that Italy is best known for. A brilliant ruby red, it shows attractive aromas and flavors of ripe red fruits, with a savory touch of earth.
Rogue Brewing Dead Guy Ale (Newport, Oregon) $7.99 Dead Guy is a German-style Maibock, made with Rogue’s proprietary ‘PacMan’ ale yeast. It’s deep amber in color, with a malty aroma, a strong hearty flavor, and a nicely balanced finish. It’s brewed with Northwest Harrington, Klages, Carastan & Maier Munich malts and Perle and Saaz hops.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364