Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The new format for the Wine Cellar, both in terms of the shop layout and our new wine-by-the-glass program, seemed to go over very well last week, our first week serving wine here in the Cellar since early March. So I hope you’ll make time in the near future to drop by the Cellar to check out our new look and enjoy a glass of great wine. Hope to see you soon!
FEATURED WINES THIS WEEK: ($10 for a glass or $5 for a half-glass)
Paul Mas 2018 Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc, France) $14.99 This wine, made from the Picpoul varietal native to southern France, exhibits a yellow color with shimmering flashes. An intense, complex nose offers scents of ripe fruit, citrus peel, honey and white flowers. It has a rich yet lively feel on the palate, with a wonderful freshness that holds on through a crisp finish.
St. Supéry 2016 Virtu White Blend (Napa Valley) $22.99 This fresh, vibrant white is a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon rind and fig are threaded together with subtle toasty oak and a hint of pear. Grapefruit, lime and fig flavors emerge on the palate. A creamy quality from “sur-lie” barrel aging rounds out this elegant wine of tremendous length, flavor and complexity.
Maison Ogier 2016 Artesis Côtes du Rhône (Rhône Valley, France) $15.99 The Artesis is redolent with scents of violets, dried herbs, cassis and raspberries. The palate is smooth and enticing, offering black cherry, raspberry and currant fruit flavors framed with hints of herbs and earth. It comes to a bright and persistent finish with a kick of peppery spice.
Stemmari 2015 Cantodoro Rosso Riserva (Sicily, Italy) $15.99 This blend of 80% Nero d’Avola, a native Sicilian varietal, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon exudes a bright nose redolent of red currants, blackberry, licorice and baking spices. The firm, savory palate delivers a mouthful of juicy black cherry and wild berry flavors carried on velvety tannins.
Sterling Vineyards 2015 Merlot (Napa Valley) $22.99 Sterling was the first winery in Napa to produce a vintage-dated Merlot. The 2015 is elegant and well-structured, with enticing aromas of currant and dried herbs on the nose. The palate offers rich flavors of plum and black cherry, edged by complex notes of cedar, leather and toasty oak.
Two Hands 2016 Hopes & Dreams (Barossa Valley, Australia) $27.99 A blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Carignan, the Hopes & Dreams is a fragrant glassful of supple, full-bodied red. The wine offers hints at cinnamon and pepper on the nose, picking up rich flavors of raspberry and blackberry in the mouth, and finishing with a dash of spice.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Hanzell 2015 Estate Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley) $49.99 Initial broad, forward aromas of pear, nectarine, honeysuckle and stone evolve to clove, vanilla and tropical scents of guava and pineapple. Flavors of lemon curd, peach and vanilla unfold onto a dry, crisp, minerally finish. Both the texture and structure are classic Hanzell – silky and rich with superb depth, yet finely balanced with vibrant acidity.
Pendulum 2017 Red Blend (Columbia Valley) $19.99 This Columbia Valley assemblage of Petit Verdot (28%), Malbec (27%), Syrah (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (16%) and Merlot (9%) opens with a bouquet of wild blueberries, crushed flowers, herbs, vanilla and spices. Sleek, rich berry flavors follow, persisting on a lengthy finish along with savory toasted oak, mocha, espresso, and black olive notes.
Lungarotti Dulcis Vino Liquoroso (Umbria, Italy) $18.99 Dulcis is extracted from dried Trebbiano grapes and gives off a fine spicy aroma, reminiscent of apricots and lime blossoms. Very similar in style to the famed Vin Santo of Tuscany, the Dulcis displays a rich, deep amber color, and extended barrel aging gives this wine a lovely dry finish that balances its luscious sweetness.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364