Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, May 4h, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta here in Historic Downtown. The party kicks off on the Main Street Plaza at 3PM and keeps on rolling until 11, with community performances, lots of food vendors serving up delicious Mexican food and other treats, craft booths and live music by the La Cachimba and Cascabel Norteño bands. Admission as always is free, so head downtown Saturday and join the fiesta!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Pine Ridge 2016 Chenin Blanc-Viognier (Clarksburg) $15.99 This blend shows hints of both varietals on the nose, with the honeydew melon character of Chenin Blanc uplifted by a hint of wildflowers from the Viognier. It’s crisp and fresh in the mouth, with a nice blend of tangy citrus, pear and melon flavors.
Greg Norman Estates 2015 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) $14.99 Santa Barbara County’s coastal climate of sun, cool sea breezes and fog makes the perfect place to grow Pinot Noir with concentrated fruit flavors. This has floral aromas and rich flavors of black cherries and plums, with a smooth, soft and savory finish.
Coppo 2017 L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99 Ruby red in the glass, L’Avvocata offers Barbera’s classic, intense nose of ripe dark cherry and strawberry. The aromas transition to a juicy and full-bodied palate of crushed raspberries and plums. Fresh acidity lifts the rich fruit flavors, ending on a long, spicy and satisfying finish.
Palacios Remondo 2016 La Vendimia (Rioja, Spain) $16.99 La Vendimia is a great example of the quality potential of Spain’s jovenes (reds aged less than six months in oak). A mix of Spain’s foremost wine varietals, Garnacha and Tempranillo, this red is a lively quaffer with bright flavors of raspberry jam and sweet spices.
Lionel Faury 2016 Syrah (Rhone Valley, France) $22.99 The Collines Rhodaniennes lie just across the river from the far more well known northern Rhône crus of Côte-Rôtie and St-Joseph. Faury’s Collines Syrah offers wonderful aromatics and complexity, with notes of violets and fresh blackberries showing amid a backdrop of granite-laced mineral elements and soft, brambly tannins.
Seven Hills 2014 Washington Red (Walla Walla Valley) $34.99 Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant player in this silky, rich Bordeaux-styled blend. It’s dense and concentrated, with abundant red and black fruit flavors carried on velvety tannins. There’s depth and elegance in its seamless expression of black cherry, currant, mulberry and fresh herb flavors. The finish is balanced and vibrant, holding beautifully.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Bear Flag 2016 Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $25.99 This Sonoma Zinfandel begins with deep, lush aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums, plus an enticing hint of vanilla. In the mouth, it’s classic California Zin: big, dense and mouth-filling, packed full of ripe wild berry fruit enlivened with pepper/spice accents.
Prayers for Saints 2017 Washington State Chardonnay $12.99 This Chardonnay is bright and refreshing, with a touch of softness. Fragrant scents of peaches, citrus and lightly toasted oak lead to a heavenly mix of fresh pear and melon flavors. The creamy yet still juicy palate makes this a perfect choice as an apéritif.
Prayers for Sinners 2017 Washington State Red $12.99 This blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Merlot is for the sinner in all of us – the dark side that craves a decadently rich and luxurious red. This brooding wine is deeply layered with blackberry and plum fruit, violet and dark cocoa. Go ahead, give in to temptation!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364