Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Friday evening, February 9th, Fort Yuma Rotary will put on their annual Mardi Gras Block Party on the Main Street Plaza right here in Historic Downtown. The party goes from 5 to 11 PM and is always one heck of a good time, with live music and lots of other activities plus numerous food and beverage options. So dig your beads and feathers out of the closet, and remember that you’ll be having fun for a good cause – all proceeds from the event to Fort Yuma Rotary benefit the community. So come on down Friday, and be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Argiolas 2015 Vermentino Costamolino (Sardinia, Italy) $11.99 Vermentino is a native Italian dry white that can make a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. This Sardinian version shows a surprising degree of complexity, offering a delicious mix of citrus, green apple and pineapple flavors edged with ginger and hazelnuts.
Landmark Overlook 2015 Pinot Noir (California) $21.99 Landmark’s Overlook combines premium fruit sourced from cooler growing sites in Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties to beautiful effect. With vibrant fruit, velvety tannins and a hint of spice from French oak aging, this is an elegant and supple California Pinot Noir.
Skyfall Vineyard 2015 Red Blend (Columbia Valley) $15.99 A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this has a blueberry and sweet oak bouquet with a touch of black currant. The palate is medium in body, nicely balanced and packed with fruit, with flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry, toasty oak and a hint of dark chocolate.
Ancient Peaks 2015 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $17.99 Sourced from the Santa Margarita Ranch Vineyard, this Zin offers enticing aromas of raspberries and white pepper. The palate is chewy and fruit-packed, with flavors of blackberry jam and dark cherry plus complex hints of vanilla, caramel and cola. Spice notes mingle on a rich finish.
Qupé 2014 Syrah (Central Coast) $19.99 This is a vibrant Syrah, overflowing with ripe black fruit on the nose, followed up by notes of pepper and oak. Vivid fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and stewed plums are tinged with accents of mocha, expresso and cinnamon that come to a firm, lingering finish.
La Braccesca 2012 Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) $24.99 This Vino Nobile has 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:
Flora Springs 2014 Merlot (Napa Valley) $24.99 This wine was sourced from the Flora Springs estate vineyard in Rutherford (75%), along with fruit from owned vineyards in Pope Valley (16%) and Oakville (9%). Blending fruit from these diverse regions of Napa creates a wine with a vibrant dark fruit character in addition to a variety of spices and other complex flavors.
Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 454 Triage (Columbia Valley) $11.99 Cameron Hughes defines “triage” as the process of going through their un-deployed wine components and narrowing them down to one ultra-premium blend. There’s no oak to be found here – just a smooth, refreshing white full of bright flavors, fresh acidity and a crisp dry finish.
Raymond 2014 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast) $19.99
Raymond’s Sommelier Selection Cabernet opens with scents of fresh raspberries and plums. Robust flavors of raspberry, currant and toasted oak burst forth from the glass. Soft and supple in the mouth, it has a long finish and is very food friendly, crafted to partner with a good meal.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364