Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday and Saturday, February 28th-29th, the second annual Yuma BBQ & Brew Festival will take place right here in Historic Downtown Yuma. The festival will pack Main Street with mouthwatering BBQ, a country music concert at 8PM both evenings, mechanical bull-riding, outdoor yard games, a kids’ corner, lots of craft vendors and a beer garden. Festival hours are Friday 4PM to 10PM and Saturday 10AM to 10PM. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Some key attractions: a KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Licensed BBQ Competition, along with a “Throw-Down Steak Challenge” between Food Network CHOPPED Champion & Industry Chef of the Year Chef Phillip Dell and our own honorable Mayor of Yuma Doug Nicholls. There’s just no reason to miss this one!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Legado del Conde 2017 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $16.99 This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, mouthwatering finish.
Browne Family 2016 Heritage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $21.99 This Oregon Pinot Noir offers a rich bouquet of red and black fruit with floral accents, plus scents of red plum, dark cherry and candied violets. The palate offers a juicy fruit-forward entry, followed by a round and lively palate full of dark berry fruit and hints of cherry and jasmine.
Frescobaldi 2018 Pian di Remolè (Tuscany, Italy) $11.99 Remolè is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine 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 flavors on the palate are well balanced, with a satisfying vein of acidity.
Chateau Petit Clos du Roy 2015 Montagne-Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, France) $17.99 Black plum and mixed berry aromas mingle on the nose. A pleasant hint of sweet spice swirls amid the upfront black fruit flavors on the palate, with a fresh, food-friendly acidity and firm tannins. A fine “Right Bank” blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Juggernaut 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $19.99 This wine fills the senses with deep, fully ripe blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors, edged with hints of violet, tobacco and old leather. The wine expands across the palate in broad, rich flavors, within a firm structure of polished tannins. Hints of spice and cedar linger on an intense finish.
Tuck Beckstoffer 2014 Melee Grenache (California) $34.99 This wine offers a kaleidoscope of aromas emerging from the glass. Hints of summer fruits, white pepper, lavender, underbrush and mineral lead to an incredibly focused yet elegant, balanced and graceful palate. The finish is a blockbuster that shows both power and finesse.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Frescobaldi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino CastelGiocondo (Tuscany, Italy) $69.99 This is a classically styled Brunello from one of Montalcino’s most respected producers. The bouquet is luscious and intense, with complex hints of oak toast, cinnamon, cherry, raspberry and dried oregano. It’s concentrated and ultra-smooth on the palate, with deep dark berry and plum fruit supported by velvety tannins.
Diora 2018 La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay (Monterey County) $17.99 Notes of vanilla dominate the nose of this elegant Monterey Chardonnay, while ripe white peach, pear and butterscotch tones mingle on the somewhat restrained palate. The wine achieves a brilliant balance of rich fruit, acidity and moderate toasted oak.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2017 Bunkhouse Cabernet (Paso Robles) $22.99 Accompanying traditional aromas of black currant, the nose is brimming with aromas of coffee, chocolate and spice. The palate entry is elegant, with supple tannins that counter its luxurious texture. On the mid- palate, vivid black cherry and plum fruit is framed by hints of oak spice and tobacco.
Bollicini Prosecco Brut (Veneto, Italy) $14.99 Unique to the Veneto region of northern Italy, Prosecco is cherished for its expressiveness. Bollicini’s Brut Prosecco is a vibrantly fresh, zesty bubbly, with rich aromas and ripe fruit flavors of apples, peaches and honeysuckle. The delicious fruit is highlighted by brisk acidity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364