Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
There’s not a lot to say this week, as we all enjoy our great late-Spring weather as much as we can before the real heat of the Yuma summer is upon us. So we’ll just let our wines do the talking:
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Morgan 2014 Chardonnay, Double L Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands) $24.99 A classic Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay, Morgan’s Double L offers aromas of crème brûlée, pear and hazelnut backed by notes of sweet spices and toasty oak. Juicy pineapple, vanilla and lemon curd flavors are carried on a creamy texture, supported by bright acidity.
Smith & Perry 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $14.99 Smith & Perry is the second label of Van Duzer, one of Oregon’s leading wineries. Made from hand-harvested and carefully selected fruit, this is a balanced, fresh and vibrant Pinot Noir. Flavors of ripe black cherries are accented with touches of oak and spice.
Torres 2014 Sangre de Toro Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain) $9.99 This Spanish Grenache exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri. Dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones. It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness.
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.
Starmont 2014 Merlot (Carneros) $22.99 Starmont Merlot has a ripe and juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, it shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish shows a light accent of vanilla.
Cadaretta 2013 Estate Syrah (Columbia Valley) $24.99 This deep purple-colored Washington Syrah offers a nose of blackberries and roasted plums, with accents of spice, coffee and vanilla. It’s full and rich on the palate, with fleshy, gripping tannins and medium acidity. Aged 21 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels, it’s blended with 11% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and 2% Viognier.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Luigi Einaudi 2012 Barolo Costa Grimaldi (Piedmont, Italy) $89.99 This Barolo opens with an intense nose of super-ripe black cherries and exotic floral notes. Dark garnet in color, it’s full-bodied and almost plump on the palate, with an outstanding intensity of ripe red fruits plus complex accents of subtle spices and dried herbs. It’s all robed with fine, silky tannins.
Suavia 2016 Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) $15.99 Suavia Soave Classico is made with 100% Garganega grapes, all from the Tessari family’s estate in the heart of the Soave appellation. Scents of apple, pear and almond balance a clean minerality amid hints of fresh herbs. Crisp, refreshing flavors of pears and citrus build into a harmonious and lengthy finish.
Goldschmidt Winery 2015 Fidelity Red Alexander Valley $15.99 All the fruit for this wine was sourced from Nick Goldschmidt’s own Crazy Creek Vineyard in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. A Meritage blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it’s a rich and supple red with flavors of black cherries, espresso and dark chocolate.
Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen (Munich, Germany) $5.99 This Hefeweizen offers the classic yeasty, bread-like flavors, with a tangy citrus and banana character. The hop profile is mild, with light spice and herbal notes. The finish is clean, with a zesty, citrusy aftertaste.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364