Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, May 5th, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta here in Historic Downtown. The party kicks off at 3PM and keeps on rolling until 11PM on the Main Street Plaza, with community performances, lots of food vendors serving up delicious Mexican food and other treats, craft booths, a free kid’s corner and ice-cold beer in the Yuma Rotary Beer Garden located in front of the Yuma Art Center. There will be live music throughout, including West Coast favorites BUYEPONGO, featuring a vibrant poly-rhythmic sound that seamlessly fuses cumbia, merengue, punta, jazz and funk. Admission as always is free, so be sure to make it downtown Saturday afternoon and evening and join the fiesta!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Napa Cellars 2015 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $18.99 This Chardonnay displays classic Napa characteristics, opening with aromas of vanilla, caramel, honeydew melon and a hint of apple crisp. Flavors of Meyer lemon, baked pear and toasted coconut are reminiscent of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. The wine’s mouthfeel exhibits soft, balanced acidity and a creamy finish.
Martin Ray 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) $18.99 100% Pinot Noir, this wine spent 8 months in French oak. It shows a wonderful bright ruby color, and offers aromas of wild berry fruit with a light touch of earth. The flavors are full of cherry and raspberry with a soft finish – a perfect match with grilled salmon.
Celler de Capçanes 2013 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain) $12.99 Mas Picosa is a blend of organically grown old vine Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (30%). It shows beautifully concentrated dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry. Lush and velvety, the wine has a satisfying plummy richness and very smooth texture.
EOS 2015 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $15.99 Deep purple in hue, EOS Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate delivers a rich, full mouthfeel with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and spiced plum.
Allegrini 2014 Palazzo Della Torre (Veneto, Italy) $19.99 This savory northern Italian red is crafted in an innovative fashion, with some of the grapes dried prior to being crushed. The result, similar in style to an Amarone, is a wine with a full, rich and complex character. A bouquet of floral notes, vanilla and black fruits is followed by ripe black cherry and plum fruit flavors edged by subtle spice accents.
- Lohr 2015 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $29.99 J Lohr’s Hilltop Cabernet is always among Paso’s finest. Varietal fruit aromas of ripe black plums and violets are enhanced by a French oak barrel character of vanilla and dark chocolate. A dense, but very supple palate is followed by an intensely rich, fruit-filled finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Etude 2015 Pinot Noir (Carneros) $31.99 From one of the premier, long-time producers in Napa Valley’s Carneros district, this Pinot offers complex aromas of sweet cherry, sandalwood, dry herbs and spice. On the palate, it’s lively and fresh, with bright flavors of red cherry and pomegranate edged with spicy toast.
Markus Molitor 2014 Riesling Spätlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany) $29.99 This is a rich and elegant Spätlese, sourced from a renowned Mosel Valley vineyard. It offers lush aromas of pineapples and apricots on the nose, with equally intense and pure flavors on the palate. The abundant fruit is nicely balanced by finely etched acidity on the crisp finish.
Robert Hall 2014 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $18.99 Select lots of grapes sourced from Paso Robles’ premier vineyards were selected for Robert Hall’s 2014 Zinfandel. Barrel-aged for 14 months, it’s a rich, full-bodied red with a dense core of raspberry fruit plus accents of peppery spice and toasty oak.
Two Brothers SPD Reserve (Doppelbock Lager) $12.99 Bock is a strong lager of German origin. Several styles exist, such as maibock (a paler, hoppier version for drinking at spring festivals) and doppelbock (“double bock”), a stronger, more malty style. The Two Brothers SPD takes it one step further, using extended barrel aging to create this great new take on a classic style of brew.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364