Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The 2020 Medjool Date Festival will take place here in Historic Downtown this Saturday, January 25th on the Main Street Plaza from 10AM to 6PM, presented by Yuma Heritage Festivals and Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers. Yuma and nearby Bard Valley are among the world’s leading producers of this gourmet date – Medjools grown locally are shipped worldwide. The festival will feature live music, cooking demonstrations and recipe contests, historical and art exhibits, a kids corner, street vendors and plenty of great festival food. So come on downtown and join in the fun this Saturday!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Salviano 2018 Orvieto Classico (Umbria, Italy) $13.99 This is a modernized version of the classic Umbrian white, with the native Trebbiano and Grechetto bolstered by additions of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a wine with more depth and complexity than most Orvietos; a nice choice either as an apéritif or with dinner.
Angeline 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir (Mendocino County) $15.99 This is sourced from premium vineyards located in northern California’s Mendocino County. There, cool and foggy coastal influences help produce a classically styled and velvety Pinot Noir with a delicately spicy bouquet, keenly balanced acidity and rich dark berry fruit.
Rocca Delle Macie 2017 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $16.99 This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas, mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets. The palate is medium-bodied, with supple tannins and good acidity. Classic Chianti flavors of ripe dark cherry and plum are edged with a hint of licorice.
Joel Gott 2015 Palisades California Red $15.99 Palisades is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc sourced from three separate regions of California: Lake County, Monterey County and Lodi. Rich dark fruit flavors and smooth tannins are accented with just a light touch of toasty oak.
Sterling Vineyards 2015 Merlot (Napa Valley) $22.99 Sterling was the first winery in Napa to produce a vintage-dated Merlot. The 2015 is elegant and well-structured, with enticing aromas of currant and dried herbs on the nose. The palate offers rich flavors of plum and black cherry, edged by complex notes of cedar, leather and toasty oak.
Delas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes (Rhone Valley, France) $27.99 Les Launes offers vibrant aromas of spice-tinged raspberries and wildflowers that pick up a hint of olive as the wine opens up. It’s juicy and nervy in style, with a gently sweet blackberry and cassis character and a lightly peppery edge, plus a hint of violets on the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Renato Ratti 2015 Barolo Marsenasco (Piedmont, Italy) $59.99 Enticing aromas of ripe berries, star anise, spice and fragrant blue flowers mingle with whiffs of cedar and espresso. The smooth palate offers crushed raspberries, Marasca cherries, licorice and dried botanical herbs with silky, wonderfully fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity lifts the superb, lingering finish.
St. Supéry 2016 Virtu White Blend (Napa Valley) $22.99 This fresh, vibrant white is a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon rind and fig are threaded together with subtle toasty oak and a hint of pear. Grapefruit, lime and fig flavors emerge on the palate. A creamy quality from “sur-lie” maturation rounds out this elegant wine of tremendous length, flavor and complexity.
Quinta de la Rosa 2015 Douro Tinto (Douro Valley, Portugal) $17.99 The 2015 Tinto is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, and 30% Tinta Roriz, aged for one year in a mix of new and used French oak. It has a vivid dark fruit character, well supported by its tannic frame. Solid black fruit flavors are laced with intense acidity that keeps the wine bright and crisp through the finish.
The Lost Abbey Carnevale Saison Ale (San Diego) $11.99 The Carnevale is a dry-hopped, light- bodied Saison, sporting a hazy yellow color and moderately spicy nose with scents of orange and tangerine. It’s brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe hops to add greater flavor and depth. Brett yeast phenols add layers of clove and allspice to this classically styled farmhouse ale.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364