Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
For the last several years, the Wine Cellar has participated in a Wine Tasting & Appetizer event at the Yuma City Hall here in Historic Downtown, sponsored by Yuma Investment Group to benefit various charitable organizations in the community. I’m happy to announce that Y.I.G. is presenting another of these wine & appetizer events at City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30PM on Thursday, April 19th, to benefit Hospice of Yuma. There will only be a limited number of tickets available, so I wanted to be sure to get the word out early. The wines will be selected and poured by the Old Town Wine Cellar, and Chef Eddie Guzman of Fresh Taste Catering will prepare an array of hors d’oeuvres to sample along with them. This is a fun event to benefit a very worthy organization, so if you can make it be sure to order your tickets soon. The cost is $50 per person, and a link to purchase is as follows: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=99ac6d
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Hess Collection 2015 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $19.99 The 175 acre Su’skol Vineyard is planted with nine distinct clones of Chardonnay, in order to produce fruit with wonderful acidity and precise balance. Crisp and clean and yet deliciously rich, this minimally oaked Chard opens with a lush honeysuckle note and offers pure flavors of apple, pear and tropical fruit.
Peter Yealands 2016 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) $17.99 This is elegant “cool-climate” Pinot Noir at its best. It’s fragrant, soft and savory, with a delicate bouquet of dark fruit and spice. On the palate, true varietal flavors of dark cherry and currant emerge on a soft, silky frame, ending in a long and elegant finish.
Vigneti del Salento 2015 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $14.99 The baking hot sun of the Italian south comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro, an ancient varietal native to Puglia, makes a fantastic pairing with richly flavored Italian dishes.
Prats & Symington 2015 Prazo de Roriz (Douro Valley, Portugal) $15.99 This deep, dark red can be immediately identified as a Douro wine thanks to fine, grippy tannins and rich, juicy blueberry fruit flavors. Black fruits, licorice and spices follow on the mid-palate,
leading into a savory finish despite the ripeness of the fruit, ending with a nice touch of creaminess.
Niner Wine Estates 2015 “9” Estate Red (Paso Robles) $19.99 Niner’s “9” is a blend of nine different red varietals. Raspberry and pomegranate notes on the nose are edged by vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and candied orange zest. Ripe fruit comes through on the palate along with earthy accents. Mocha infused tannins and bright acidity provide a fine structure for a lengthy and persistent finish.
Penfolds 2014 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz (South Australia) $32.99 This multi-region Shiraz was one of the first “Bin Number” wines ever produced by Penfolds, way back in 1959. The 2014 vintage was sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. It offers thick, velvety flavors of blackberry and plum that are ripe and rich, with notes of black tea, mineral and herbs on a juicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Agricola Punica 2015 Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi (Sardinia, Italy) $26.99 Montessu is composed primarily of Carignano, along with smaller additions of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It’s a fresh and stylish red, with spiced black raspberry and currant fruit plus accents of green olives, dried thyme and sweet smoke, finely meshed with velvety, supple and enveloping tannins.
The Seeker 2016 Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $12.99 This Riesling is sourced from two famous villages on the Mosel River: Trittenheim and Piesport. Both offer steep, riverside vineyards that have mineral-laden slate soils and feature almost perfect growing conditions. This wine is off-dry, with crisp acidity and bright, vibrant fruit.
Grant Burge 2015 5th Generation Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) $14.99 This classic Barossa Valley Shiraz is silky in the mouth, with rich layers of raspberry and blackberry fruit along with subtle accents of black pepper. The tannins are smooth and well-integrated, giving this wine impressive length and structure and a satisfying finish.
Stone Brewing Totalitarian Imperial Stout (Escondido) $8.99 Stone’s Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout pours jet-black with a fluffy chocolate head and offers dense dark fruit flavors with rich chocolate and espresso accents. Flavored using New World hops, the juicy berry aromas and flavors have a subtle melon undertone. The result is a decadently sinful delight. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, comrade…
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364