Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I want to let everyone know that the Wine Cellar is back to our normal business hours, effective today, Tuesday May 30th. Those being Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed Sunday and Monday). Also, I want to give my annual shout-out for this year’s Discover SCUBA event, happening this Saturday morning, June 3rd from 8:00 AM to noon at Kennedy Pool (24th Street & Kennedy Lane). Discover SCUBA is a fundraiser for United Way of Yuma County put on by my scuba buddies at Yuma’s Arizona Scuba Shack. In cooperation with Yuma Parks & Rec, they offer a fun and very easy intro to the great sport of scuba diving. Just bring a tax-deductible donation of any amount to United Way, and then hop in the pool and you can try out scuba in a safe and comfortable environment with the assistance of expert instructors. Kids at least ten years old are welcome, with parental permission. All the gear you need to get underwater will be provided, so if you’ve ever had a hankering to try scuba drop by Kennedy Pool this Saturday morning and give it a try!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) $24.99
Mer Soleil is always among the richest, most distinctive Chardonnays in all of California. The 2014 offers a lush mouthfeel that’s rich in apricot jam, crème brûlée and toasty butterscotch flavors, but for all that opulence it’s fully dry, with a zesty acidity to balance the creamy finish.
Don & Sons 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $17.99
This Sonoma Pinot opens with fragrant scents of dark cherry, ripe strawberries, Indian spices and a subtle saline note. In the mouth, forward flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, spice and vanilla-laced oak are framed with smooth and silky tannins.
Marques de Caceres 2010 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain) $12.99
A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, this Crianza offers intense aromas of strawberry, cherry and blackberries, with a touch of spice. In the mouth it’s fresh and savory, showing ripe fruit flavors and spicy accents of mint and licorice.
Masi 2012 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $15.99
Campofiorin was created by Masi over 50 years ago to be an affordable mid-point between the pleasant fruitiness of a basic Valpolicella and the complex, raisined richness of Amarone. The fruit-filled nose is perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s soft, rich and spicy on the palate, with savory flavors of ripe red plums and berries and a pleasant hint of licorice.
Bench 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley) $18.99
This Sonoma Cabernet offers scents of bright cherry, currant and raspberry, plus hints of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, flavors of wild berry and plum mingle on a lingering finish. Polished tannins, a moderate palate weight and balanced acidity make it very easy to drink.
Bodega Colomé 2013 Estate Malbec (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) $24.99
This high-altitude Malbec exudes complex aromas of cassis liqueur, wild blackberries, coffee beans and dried herbs. It’s superbly fine-grained and plush in the mouth without seeming too heavy; balanced acidity gives it a vibrant quality. Well-structured tannins make it a superb partner with grilled meats.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Fontanafredda 2011 Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) $49.99
An elegant, beautifully structured Nebbiolo, this wine opens with exotic scents of cedar, violets and dried cherries. It’s silky, supple and velvety on the palate. Juicy blackberry and plum fruit interwoven by delicate notes of sweet spices linger on a persistent finish.
Mönchhof 2014 Riesling Spätlese Mosel Slate (Mosel Valley, Germany) $24.99
The Mosel Slate is a slightly drier take on a Spätlese, with a gossamer-light frame and juicy texture that conveys deliciously pure pear, citrus and honeysuckle flavors. The rich fruit is supported with a vibrant acidity.
Shannon Ridge 2013 Wrangler Red (Lake County) $12.99
Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red has aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaf and rich dark chocolate notes. The flavor profile includes blackberry, red cherry, cinnamon spice and mocha. It’s a rich, polished red with supple tannins, fine balance and a lingering finish.
Le Cirque 2011 Vin Rouge (Côtes Catalanes, France) $15.99
Le Cirque is from the Côtes Catalanes, a premier region within the Languedoc-Roussillon appellation of south France. A blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre, it’s a big and bold red, with smoky, spicy black cherry, cassis and garrigue aromas and flavors.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364