Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, February 16th, the City of Yuma and Robb Bower Presents invite everyone to Yuma’s 5th Annual Boogie, Brews and Blues Festival. The show goes from 11AM – 7PM at Gateway Park right next to Historic Downtown. Performers include The Dennis Jones Band, The Avey Grouws Band, McCoy Brothers, The Bobby Patterson Band, Kellie Rucker w/ Soul Return, and an All-Star Jam Session(!) It’s a full day of great live music in a beautiful outdoor setting alongside the Colorado River, along with food trucks, craft brews, unique booths and much more. All ages are welcome; adult tickets are $25 pre-sale ($30 at the gate), $5 for kids 13-17, and 12 & under admitted free. Go to www.yumaaz.gov for a link to order tickets on-line, or pick them up at the City Hall Parks & Rec Office, Civic Center or Art Center box office. Enjoy some great blues and cold brews at the river Saturday!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Franciscan 2017 Chardonnay (Napa County/Monterey County) $14.99 This is a bright, fresh Chardonnay, with intensely ripe fruit flavor. A portion of the wine was made with native or “wild” yeasts. That, along with malolactic fermentation and ‘sur lie’ aging, adds a rich and creamy character to the wine while oak aging gives a toasty, savory complexity.
VML 2013 Limited Release Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $28.99 This offers a fragrant nose of lavender, sandalwood, dried cranberry and cocoa. The palate starts off with a mix of ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit. Notes of vanilla and dark chocolate on the mid-palate lead into bright flavors of raspberry, with nicely focused acidity, balanced tannins and a long, silky finish.
Frescobaldi 2016 Remole Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $10.99 Remolè opens with fragrant scents of red and black fruits, lifted by spicy impressions of black pepper and licorice. The entry is velvety and warm, and the components on the palate are well balanced, with a tasty vein of acidity. 85% Sangiovese with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Celler de Capçanes 2014 Mas Donís Old Vines (Montsant, Spain) $14.99 Mas Donis is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, aged for nine months in French and American oak. The Garnacha is sourced from 70-year-old vines. Vibrant cherry and dark berry flavors are edged by vanilla and spice, along with subtle elements of herbs and toasty oak.
Pascual Toso 2015 Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99 This is a finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose. It’s rich and savory on the palate, packed with blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit. The fruit is framed with smooth, supple tannins.
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.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Secoli 2015 Amarone (Veneto, Italy) $34.99 Secoli Amarone della Valpolicella offers a deep, lavishly dimensioned bouquet that teems with hints of leather, violets, dried cranberries, cloves and black tea. It’s dense and concentrated in the mouth yet not heavy, with a gracefully agile, ripe black fruit quality that’s well supported by solid, dusty tannins.
Bodegas Carchelo 2012 Carchelo C (Jumilla, Spain) $12.99 A blend of Monastrell, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, Carchelo’s ‘C’ is aged three months in new French oak prior to release. The nose has aromas of ripe cherries and dark chocolate. Rich dark cherry and plum flavors pick up smoky/peppery accents on the finish.
Black Magnolia 2016 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Black Magnolia Pinot Noir has a complex bouquet of dark raspberries, sweet earth, leather and notes of fresh cinnamon. The palate is true to Oregon, with lots of fresh berries and cherries balanced by a touch of spice, with supple tannins and vibrant acidity.
Council Brewing Behind the Curtain Red Ale (San Diego) $9.99 This is a blend of beers that aged for 1 to 2 years in red wine barrels. It strikes a balance between the “Lickable Staves” (2017 San Diego Int’l “Best of Show” Winner) and the “Flanders Style” Red Ale (Silver Medal, 2017 Los Angeles Int’l). It exhibits tart cherry pie and leather notes from its long aging as well as caramel and dried currant character, with bright acidity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364