Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday and Saturday, April 28th-29th, the Yuma Art Center presents the Infinite Imagination Youth Theater’s production of Little Orphan Annie. The show will take place in the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street, 373-5202) at 7PM both days. In case you don’t know the story (seriously?) “With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.” Admission is a $5 donation to the Youth Theater, with reserved seating; doors open at 6:30PM. Sounds like plenty of nostalgic fun for all ages – come on downtown and give it a try this weekend!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Fontana Candida 2015 Frascati (Lazio, Italy) $11.99
The grapes for this refreshingly dry, clean white grow in porous volcanic soils near the city of Rome. A distinct minerality drives the nose, with scents of peach, pear, citrus peel and basil. Dominant notes of citrus and pear and a light touch of toasted almonds highlight the palate.
Miraflores 2014 Misión 1853 (Sierra Foothills) $24.99
This was made with 100% Mission grapes sourced from the Deaver family’s Misión Vineyard. Planted in 1853, it’s the oldest continuously producing vineyard in the United States. Mission was the original wine grape planted in North America, used at the old Spanish Missions of Mexico and California for sacramental wine. It makes a lighter-bodied, highly enjoyable red.
Casa Castillo 2012 Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain) $11.99
The Mourvèdre grape of southern France is a key component of Rhone Valley reds, including the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Papes. But the varietal actually originated in Spain where it’s known as Monastrell, and it’s the most widely grown grape in some regions. This version from Jumilla is a fine example.
The Federalist 2014 Honest Red (Mendocino, Napa & Sonoma County) $14.99
The Honest Red is a mix of 55% Merlot, 30% Zinfandel and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, sourced from premium growing regions in Northern California. The wine offers a soft and round mouthfeel with a medley of rich dark fruit flavors and a lightly spicy finish.
Benziger 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $19.99
Softly textured, rich in flavor and moderate in tannins, this is a supple and full-bodied Cabernet with generous flavors of berries, cedar, green olives and dark chocolate. A light degree of toast from oak aging gives additional complexity to a polished finish.
Tensley 2013 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) $29.99
Winemaker Joey Tensley’s Santa Barbara Syrah is actually a blend of his three single-vineyard Syrahs, all of which sell at much higher price-points. This wine 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, fully ripe dark fruit flavors and a savory hint of herbs.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Morgan 2014 12 Clones Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $29.99
The renowned Double L Vineyard provided about 70% of the fruit; the rest comes from Gary’s Vineyard, Rosella’s Vineyard and the Paraiso Vineyard. Aromas of black cherry, dark plum, mineral and exotic spice emerge on the nose, with matching flavors on the palate. Pure, deliciously ripe dark fruit is the core essence of this wine – a classic SLH Pinot.
Napa Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $22.99
Napa Cellars Cabernet showcases elegant and concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry and cassis with blueberry notes. A lush core of ripe black fruits Is edged with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco, along with accents of toffee and mocha that linger on the finish. A full-bodied palate combines balanced acidity and well-integrated tannins.
King Estate 2015 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99
This is a vibrant and delicious Pinot Gris with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of Bosc pears, ripe peaches and orange blossoms reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest. The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.
Toscolo 2013 Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) $10.99
Toscolo Chianti is 100% Sangiovese, the backbone of Tuscan reds. It has a classic spicy, dry Italian character that makes a wonderful match with a wide range of Italian cuisine, and a fine partner for anything from burgers to tacos as well.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364