Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday evening, February 8th, brings the annual Mardi Gras Block Party on the Main Street Plaza right here in Historic Downtown, courtesy of Fort Yuma Rotary. It’s always a great party; this one starts off at 5PM and keeps rocking ‘til 11 PM, with live music and lots of other attractions, plus plenty of food and beverage options available on the plaza or at our great downtown restaurants and watering holes. Dig your beads and feathers out of the closet and have some fun for a good cause – all proceeds from the event will benefit the community. And be sure to start the evening’s festivities off with a wine tasting at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Markus Molitor 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany) $27.99 This lush Spätlese displays superb purity, richness and texture. Exotic aromas of pineapple, peach, wildflowers, and citrus run rampant on the nose. In the mouth, a ripe fruit-basket of flavors is well balanced by a crisp minerality and an exhilarating snap of refreshing acidity.
Storypoint 2015 California Pinot Noir $14.99 A deep garnet color in the glass, this offers aromas of flowers and strawberries. The flavor profile offers cherries, strawberries and spices plus a pleasant hint of cedar. Smooth and well-balanced tannins carry this to a silky, long and very satisfying finish.
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.
St. Hallett 2015 Faith Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) $15.99 The Faith offers vibrant black cherry, red raspberry and rich chocolate flavors, balanced with smooth, supple tannins and a touch of vanillin oak. The overall palate effect is of rich ripe fruit and a fine generosity of flavor – classic Barossa Shiraz.
Bonanza Lot 1 California Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99 A new Cabernet project by Chuck 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.
La Braccesca 2012 Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) $24.99 This Vino Nobile offers aromas of crushed cherries, plus undertones of coffee and fennel on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced, with velvety tannins that are wrapped around a juicy, fruity core. Black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors show intriguing hints of spice and mint.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Roth Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $22.99 Roth Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, full-bodied and rich. The nose offers vivid aromas of black cherries, cassis and sweet oak. Rich and layered flavors of red currant, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla ride on firm tannins, gaining power as the wine ends in a memorable, lasting finish.
Grove Selections Pomegranate Wine (New Mexico) $11.99 Created by using the juice of one of the world’s foremost “super-fruits,” this wine is both unique and enticing. Rich, pure pomegranate scents plus delicate spice aromas introduce a tangy, sweetly fruity palate with nice depth and tangy acidity.
Parducci 2016 Small Lot Pinot Noir (Mendocino County) $12.99 Mouthfilling, ripe and generous, this medium to full-bodied Pinot packs a lot of flavor into a big but soft frame. Dark cherry and blueberry fruit plus a hint of chocolate provide plenty to appreciate, and easy tannins and soft acidity combine to make this a classic “easy drinker.”
Acoustic Ales Unplugged Imperial Stout (San Diego) $12.99 Unplugged is an English Oatmeal Stout style beer. It pours to an almost completely black appearance, giving a creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The strong burnt-sugar flavors have hints of molasses and chocolate. A slight lingering bitterness compliments the sweetness and provides a pleasant balance.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364