Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 2nd – 4th, the Mountain Shadows Artists Association invites the public to attend the 12th Annual ARTRAILS, a free and self-guided studio tour which has grown with each passing year. MSAA is a nonprofit organization serving the Yuma community, consisting of artists of all levels and abilities. Last year’s show featured 16 different studios, with various artists and works in a range of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, digital media, gourd art and drawing on display. Maps for the self-guided tour are available at the Yuma Art Center downtown and the Yuma Visitor Information Center at the Colorado River State Historic Park. The show will run from 10AM to 4PM Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 4 PM on Sunday. If you’re into the local art scene, or would like to be, be sure to check it out this weekend!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Willakenzie 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character. On the palate, juicy orchard fruit and tangy citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. It finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp mineral essence.
Fog Theory 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) $19.99 The cool climate of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County near the Pacific Ocean creates an elegant, Burgundian style of Pinot Noir that offers balanced acidity, a light garnet hue, silky tannins and rich black-fruit flavors.
Marqués de Vargas 2011 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain) $14.99 2011 was acclaimed as a classic vintage in Rioja. This Crianza is deep ruby red with a garnet edge. The nose is redolent of ripe dark fruit plus hints of spice and leather. On the palate, cherry and brambly berry fruit is edged with complex spice and oak accents.
Hahn Winery 2015 GSM (Central Coast) $14.99 GSM is the standard name in the wine world for a mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes vinted in the style of the classic red blends of France’s southern Rhone Valley. This version from California’s Central Coast region offers a fine mix of dark fruits and a spicy, peppery character.
Raymond 2014 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast) $19.99 Raymond Sommelier Selection Cabernet opens with scents of 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 myriad of cuisines.
Caymus Vineyards Red Schooner Malbec Voyage 5 (Mendoza, Argentina) $39.99 A deep plum color, this wine offers evocative scents of dark fruits, layered with cassis and fresh earth. In the mouth lush fruit flavors of ripe dark plums and cherries are edged with accents of Asian spice and cinnamon. The tannins add both structure and a velvety softness. Lingering flavors of rich dark fruits and chocolate swirl on a harmonious finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Tensley 2014 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) $24.99 Winemaker Joey Tensley’s Santa Barbara Syrah is a blend of his three single-vineyard Syrahs, all of which sell at well higher price-points. This offers vivid blueberry and black raspberry scents to go with notes of pepper, licorice and violets. It’s just as alluring in the mouth, with terrific depth and richness, ripe dark fruit flavors and a savory hint of herbs.
Juggernaut 2015 Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $19.99 This Cabernet fills the senses with deep and fully ripe blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors, edged by hints of violet, tobacco and old leather. The wine expands across the palate in broad, rich flavors, with a firm structure of polished tannins. Hints of spice and cedar linger on the intense finish.
Feudo Maccari 2016 Grillo (Sicily, Italy) $14.99 A varietal native to Sicily, Grillo offers zesty aromas of citrus, pear and white flowers. The palate displays nectarine, pineapple and yellow apple alongside vibrant acidity, and a hazelnut accent enlivens the brisk, refreshing finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364