Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The summer season is undeniably upon us here in Yuma as we enter the first full week of June, but I want to put in a reminder that on the first Wednesday of every month here at the Wine Cellar, “Wine, Women & Networking” will continue! It’s a way for professional women from lots of different occupations here in the Yuma community to meet each other, discuss their various businesses, share contacts and above all enjoy some great wine and appetizers in a fun, informal setting. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve been a regular attendee or it’s your first time. Please spread the word; we start at 5:30 PM and go until 7:30, so if you’re interested stop by the Wine Cellar this Wednesday evening, June 7th, join in the festivities and do some networking!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Piattelli 2015 Torrontés (Cafayate Valley, Argentina) $14.99
The Torrontés grape makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and has become the signature white wine of Argentina. This version is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that the varietal is known for.
Talbott Vineyards 2014 Kali Hart Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $22.99
Kali Hart is made from a careful selection of prime fruit from Talbott’s famed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, in the cool Santa Lucia Highlands region of Monterey. This offers rich and fresh flavors of black cherry and raspberry fruit, with a touch of minerality.
André Brunel 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvée Sabrine (Rhone Valley, France) $16.99
This is made by the renowned Châteauneuf du Pape producer André Brunel, and 100% sourced from family-owned vineyards. Cuvée Sabrine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. It’s loaded with meaty notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, along with accents of smoke and tobacco leaf interlaced with notes of cherry confit, a telltale sign of fully ripe Grenache.
Palacios Remondo 2013 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $17.99
A mixture of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo, La Montesa opens with scents of ripe red fruits, along with light notes of vanilla and toasty oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, offering flavors of dark plum and cherry with a touch of licorice.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2013 Three Sisters Cuvée (Paso Robles) $21.99
This Paso blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre offers plentiful aromas of strawberry and toffee, along with subtle floral and pepper-spice notes. The flavor profile displays ripe dark cherry, strawberry and toasty vanilla flavors supported by refreshing acidity.
Hartford Family 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) $34.99
This was sourced from old-vine, dry-farmed and low-yielding Zinfandel vineyards having an average age of more than a century. It’s a wine with fine depth of flavor and intensity. Aromas of fresh raspberry and boysenberry are balanced by cracked pepper and spice. Brambly blackberry, nutmeg and chocolate flavors lead into an elegant and silky finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Marques de Vargas 2011 Conde de San Cristóbal (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $22.99
A smoke- and spice-accented bouquet evokes candied cherry, cassis, violet and vanilla hints. Sweet and penetrating, this offers lively cherry and dark berry flavors that gain depth with air. The smoke and floral notes come back on the finish, which features a savory hint of mocha.
Weingut Dr. Fischer 2014 Spicy Goat Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $11.99
The Spicy Goat offers fresh fruit aromas and greets the palate with zesty flavors of ripe pears, peaches and wild flowers, along with hints of pineapple and citrus. A hint of minerality dances in the background, but this wine is primarily about mouthwatering fruit and just plain easy sipping…
Renato Ratti 2012 Barbera d’Asti Battaglione (Piedmont, Italy) $17.99
This is a “textbook” Piedmontese Barbera, offering delicate scents of red berries and spices on the nose, with light oak accents from 12 months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh in the glass, with concentrated berry and plum flavors along with a pleasantly spicy, smoky edge.
Ommegang Bend the Knee Golden Ale (Coopertown, New York) $9.99
Bend the Knee Ale pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix a rich maltiness and tangy citrus from the hops, and Ommegang signature house yeast adds a prominent fruit component. Wildflower honey added during fermentation gives a light touch of sweetness to the mid-palate, but this finishes dry and with a firm, hoppy bitterness.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364