Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Our winter season weather has settled down as of late into the pleasant mellow days that we expect this time of year, and this weekend will present a great opportunity to take advantage of it. This coming Friday, February 2nd, the City of Yuma is offering the chance to explore the Colorado River “one paddle at a time.” Bring your binoculars and lunch for a 4 hour float down the river, beginning at noon. The trip will put in at the Bruce Church access at the West Wetlands Park a short distance west of the Downtown area off of 1st Street. The trip is open to kids 6 & up, parents/guardian must be with any under 16 years of age. Call 928-373-5200 for more information.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Sea-Sun 2016 California Chardonnay $21.99 Sea-Sun has a subtle nose of lightly grilled mango, soft butterscotch, apricots and newly ripened pineapple. The palate is creamy, with flavors of lemon curd and brown spice. A toasty quality offers hints of cinnamon and lemon squares, ending with a fine measure of refreshing acidity.
Laetitia 2016 Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley) $22.99 Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied. Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.
Zenato 2016 Valpolicella Superiore (Veneto, Italy) $14.99 Valpolicella is a traditional Veneto blend of the native Corvina, Rodinella & Molinara varietals. The nose exudes rich aromas of almonds and violets. It’s smooth in texture,with a vibrant mix of black cherry and plum fruit edged with a touch of dark chocolate.
Zaca Mesa 2014 Estate Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley) $17.99 Zaca Mesa specializes in producing “Rhone-style” wines; they were the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County way back in 1978. This shows a vivid blackberry, white pepper and mocha character, enlivened with notes of dried sage.
Palacios Remondo 2015 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $19.99 La Montesa is 92% Garnacha with 8% Tempranillo, vintedmade 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.
Whitehall Lane 2015 Tre Leoni (Napa Valley) $24.99 Tre Leoni, a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel, really delivers the goods when it comes to plentiful, well-ripened fruit. It offers rich flavors of cassis and dark berries plus hints of herbs, sweet oak, cedar and black tea on a mouthfilling, savory, luscious palate.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Bonanza Lot 1 California Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99 A new Cabernet project by Charlie Wagner of Caymus Vineyards, this wine opens with scents of currants, dried flowers and freshly tilled soil. Blueberry and blackberry flavors mix with hints of vanilla and toasted bread. With silky tannins and striking smoothness, a mouthwatering and lengthy finish shows notes of dark chocolate, cedar and cassis.
Ramos Pinto 2015 Duas Quintas (Douro Valley, Portugal) $14.99 Duas Quintas is a blend of native varietals: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. It’s a fresh, full-bodied red with firm, well-integrated tannins and a fruit-filled core of plum and red raspberry underscored with accents of pepper, spices and tobacco leaf.
Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA (San Diego) $7.99 Port Brewing’s flagship Double IPA, Mongo masterfully harnesses the flavor of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Massive resinous aromas lead into mouthfilling citrus notes, with a wonderfully tangy, piney bitterness on the finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364