Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As pretty much everyone here in Yuma knows, this week brings one of the premier events on the Yuma calendar – the Midnight at the Oasis car show extravaganza. Most of the action over the course of the weekend takes place far from Historic Downtown, but the event actually kicks off with the Rally on Main Street Thursday afternoon/evening. The rally is a fantastic way to begin MATO, with a LOT of amazingly and lovingly restored classic cars parked along Main Street for all to see and enjoy. The event starts at 4PM here in downtown, so if you have a chance come on down and join in the fun. And of course stop in the Cellar while you’re here and enjoy some great wine!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Martin Ray 2017 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) $18.99 This Chardonnay is a compilation of fruit sourced from premier growing sites in the Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. It’s a sophisticated take on the varietal, full of alluring scents and luscious flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, Meyer lemon zest and a touch of coconut cream pie, combining in a refreshing crispness.
Gerard Bertrand 2017 Cote de Roses Pinot Noir (Languedoc, France) $18.99 This Pinot Noir is sourced from the coolest, highest altitude vineyards in the Languedoc region of southern France. The wine opens to reveal ripe cherry fruit and red raspberry flavors, along with hints of nutmeg and spice. Silky tannins carry this to an elegant, lengthy finish.
Angeline 2018 Reserve Merlot (Paso Robles) $15.99 This Merlot opens with flavors of fresh blackberries, elderberries and dark plums that lead into black cherry on the mid-palate. Balanced with the rich fruit are soft, supple tannins, backed by complex notes of chicory and clove, finishing with a hint of cocoa dust.
Chronic Cellars 2017 Purple Paradise (Paso Robles) $14.99 The name says it all in this Paso Zinfandel from Chronic Cellars. The nose has bright aromas of dark fruits, baking spice, vanilla and leather. Bold fruit flavors possess nice undercurrents of spice and herbal accents on a round, mouth-filling palate. The finish is filled with sweet notes of blackberry jam.
Trivento 2017 Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) $22.99 This Argentinean Cabernet pours an intense red with garnet tones. A complex nose offers rich, ripe dark fruit aromas, with overtones of spice and toast. On the palate, elements of pepper, cedar and chocolate give a fine balance with the abundant dark fruit and firm tannins.
Michael-David Vineyards 2016 Inkblot Cabernet Franc (Lodi) $34.99 Dark, rich and alluring, the Inkblot exudes aromas of ripe cherries, plums, baking spice and coconut. It’s dense on the palate, with smooth, polished tannins and delicious flavors of raspberry jam, dark chocolate truffle and peppery spice that come to a layered, long and memorable finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Delille Cellars 2016 D@ Red (Columbia Valley) $34.99 The 25th vintage of the D2 is a blend of 59% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, along with pinches of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Ripe blackberry, plum, red raspberry and licorice scents lead to lush red and black fruit flavors on the palate, backed by polished tannins.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Eroica Riesling (Columbia Valley) $19.99 Eroica delivers a refreshing mixture of tangerine, grapefruit and pear fruit, nicely framed with subtle spice notes and crisply refreshing acidity. It’s a collaborative effort by Germany’s famed Riesling producer, Dr. Ernst Loosen, and Washington State’s Chateau St. Michelle. The result is a New World Riesling with an Old World elegance.
Sebastiani 2016 Merlot (North Coast) $15.99 The Sebastiani 2016 Merlot shows a striking ruby in color with a nose of ripe black cherry, raspberry and black tea aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with flavors of dark plum, cranberry and a touch of dark chocolate. On the finish, the rich fruit flavors persist nicely.
Iron Horse 2012 Classic Vintage Brut (Green Valley of Sonoma) $34.99 The Classic Vintage Brut is a blend of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, aged for three years on the lees. The nose offers scents of rising dough, orange marmalade and baked apple. In the mouth, flavors of green apple, mandarin orange and lightly toasted hazelnuts ride along on persistent effervescence to the rich, lingering finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364