Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Summer is flying by – the 4th of July holiday rolls around next week. This year the 4th falls on Wednesday, making it a bit tougher to work into a weekend summer getaway but still a fine occasion to do some backyard grilling, enjoy some nice wines and craft beers and celebrate this great country’s birthday with friends and family. The Old Town Wine Cellar will be happy to help, with plenty of great wines and craft beers for your 4th of July get-togethers. Stop by soon before the holiday is upon us and stock up on your beverages of choice, and sample some great wines while you’re here!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Mer Soleil 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands) $29.99 Mer Soleil is always one of the richest, most distinctive Chardonnays in all of California. The 2015 has a lush mouthfeel that’s rich in apricot jam, crème brûlée and toasty butterscotch flavors, but even with all that opulence it’s fully dry, with a zesty acidity to balance the creamy finish.
Line 39 2016 California Pinot Noir $14.99 Line 39 Pinot offers delicate aromas of violets, spices and dark cherry with hints of vanilla. The smooth palate presents juicy flavors of dark fruits like plum and back cherry. Firm tannins frame a fine finish of dark fruit and spice, with a pleasantly light touch of oak.
Viña Zaco 2015 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) $14.99 Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards traditional Rioja designations like Crianza, Reserva, etc. The goal was simply to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with spice in this modern-styled red.
Argiano 2015 Non Confunditur (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99 The ‘NC’ is a Tuscan red with a full-bodied character, smooth tannins, and a persistent finish. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, it deftly melds the gentleness of Merlot with the earthiness of Sangiovese, the rich cassis flavors of Cabernet and the warm red berries of Syrah. The result is a generous and round red with bright aromas of currants and generous fruit flavors.
Ferrari Carano 2014 Siena (Sonoma County) $19.99 Siena begins with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins in this Sangiovese-based red blend. Tart cherry pie flavors linger at the finish, accented by a touch of chocolate on a long, pleasing finish.
Orin Swift 2014 Others Grenache (Côtes Catalanes, France) $27.99 Others is made at Orin Swift’s Dept. 66 winery, in the foothills of the Pyrénées-Orientales Mountains in southern France. The wine shows a ruby-purple opaque hue with aromas of licorice, wild flowers, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate, rich flavors of blackberry, raspberry, pepper and spices are intense and concentrated, with a lasting finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Vall Llach 2015 Embruix (Priorat, Spain) $24.99 The Vall Llach Embruix is a blend of 30% Garnacha, 27% Merlot, 20% Samso, 18% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose offers alluring aromas of ripe plums, fresh ground black pepper and clove. The palate has bright flavors of black cherries, fresh herbs, vanilla and mineral, mingling harmoniously on solid yet very supple tannins.
St. Supéry 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Dollarhide Vineyard (Napa Valley) $24.99 This is a rich and flavorful Sauvignon Blanc, with vibrant scents of grapefruit, kiwis, limes and anise, and a subtle toasty/smoky hint of new French oak. Ripe melon and grapefruit flavors mix with lime zest and a bright citrus appeal, while toasty accents from barrel aging and a subtle creaminess from ‘sur-lie’ maturation create a full and rich mouthfeel.
Seven Hills 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $19.99 Seven Hills specializes in producing wines from Bordeaux varietals, which excel in the Columbia Valley. Their 2014 Cabernet has a bright nose of black cherry kirsch, mocha and a subtle note of baker’s chocolate. The seamless palate shows rich blackberry andcassis flavors, with a hint of dark chocolate.
Stone Brewing I’m Peach Double IPA (Escondido) $8.99 Who wants to kick fruit out of beer? Not Stone. When done right, adding orange or grapefruit or tangerine can contribute a deeper level of complexity to the beer. In this case, peach was the perfect fruit to enhance the substantial load of hops in this Double IPA. This beer is not just right for you, it’s right for the country…
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364