Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
For the past several years the Old Town Wine Cellar been honored to participate in a Spring Wine Tasting & Appetizer event at the Yuma City Hall here in Historic Downtown, sponsored by Yuma Investment Group to benefit charitable organizations in the community. I want to give some advance notice that Y.I.G. is sponsoring another of these great wine & appetizer events at City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30PM on Thursday, April 25th, this year to benefit Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The wines will be selected and poured by the Wine Cellar, and Chef Bob Nidiffer will prepare an array of interesting hors d’oeuvres to enjoy along with the wines. This is always a really fun event, and it benefits very worthy community organizations. There will be limited number of attendees, so be sure to line up tickets early – call Kayla at Yuma Investment Group (928-329-1700) for more info and to reserve yours. Cost is $50 per person – we hope to see you there!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Tenshən 2016 White Blend (Santa Barbara County) $19.99 A blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay, this wine overflows with fleshy peach and apricot flavors edged by orange blossom and honeysuckle tones. Hints of dried spices and matcha green tea emerge on the finish, along with a touch of hazelnut.
Kings Ridge 2016 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $17.99 Fresh cherry-berry aromas are joined by an attractive scent of roses on the nose. Mouth-filling, ripe dark berry and cherry fruit flavors follow on the palate, with good acidity and a cloak of soft tannins. This wine displays good Pinot varietal character; a fine example of the Oregon style.
Robert Mondavi 2017 Rum Barrel Merlot (Monterey County) $14.99 A portion of this Monterey Merlot was aged in used dark rum barrels. They impart complex nuances of molasses, vanilla and coconut to the wine. It opens with enticing aromas of molasses, maple syrup and black plum. Flavors of ripe plums and blackberries mingle with hints of toasted coconut and toffee on a long, lush finish.
Robert Hall 2014 Syrah (Paso Robles) $18.99 Aromas of blackberries and blueberries meld with suggestions of dark chocolate, clove and oak on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of dark cherries, boysenberries, and blueberries along with nuances of sweet spices, chocolate and cedar. The rich fruit is framed with polished tannins.
Bodegas Borsao 2016 Tres Picos Garnacha (Campo de Borja, Spain) $19.99 This old-vine Grenache has rich aromas of black currants and candied cherries, and gives hints of vanilla and spices with air. Deeply concentrated dark berry and plum flavors are edged with notes of smoky minerals and floral elements, and a subtle peppery quality adds a nice spiciness.
Beringer 2015 Quantum Red (Napa Valley) $39.99 Each vintage of Beringer’s Quantum showcases the traditional Bordeaux varietals, with a strong foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 20 months, and then allowed to integrate and gain complexity in the bottle for twelve more months prior to release. It’s a deliciously rich and complex Napa Valley blend.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Il Borro 2015 Pian di Nova (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99 This Tuscan blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Sangiovese is superbly balanced, with an abundance of rich fruit flavors in a classic Old World style. Complex notes of sweet tobacco, anise and peppery spice mix with a wealth of currant and dark cherry flavors.
Frost Bitten 2014 Ice Riesling (Yakima Valley) $14.99 This dessert wine offers the style, heft and deliciousness of classic ice wine at a surprisingly low price. Packed with lusciously sweet flavors of pineapple, summer peaches and rich floral notes, this has enough acidity to give it balance, resulting in a clean mouthfeel plus a wonderfully fresh, tangy finish.
Angry Bunch 2016 Zinfandel (Lodi) $14.99 Angry Bunch Zin is a ripe, juicy mosh pit of raspberries, blackberries and plums, with accents of vanilla, black pepper and spice. The wine was aged for 15 months in a mix of French (90%) and American oak (10%). Pair it if you dare with a flavorful feast – barbecue and grilled meats, zesty pastas, braised pork and hearty cheeses.
Rogue Brewing Chocolate Stout (Newport, Oregon) $7.99 This Oregon stout pours pitch-black, with a creamy two-finger beige head. The nose is huge; dark chocolate with hints of oats and vanilla. Dark, lightly bitter chocolate flavors dominate, with hints of toffee, caramel, oats and roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy, with medium carbonation.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405