Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Road Work Alert: The City of Yuma has notified affected downtown businesses that beginning this week, Maiden Lane (the street immediately between the Wine Cellar and the large public parking lots behind the shop) will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic between 2nd and 3rd Streets until the end of August for resurfacing. The City assures us that adequate pedestrian access from the parking lots will be maintained throughout this time, so hopefully the street closure won’t cause too many problems for our customers in getting to the Wine Cellar. Access to the public parking lots during July and August will therefore have to be from Gila Street one block to the east, instead of Maiden Lane. As of noon Monday, Maiden Lane is still open but will likely soon be closed, so plan accordingly if you’re headed down to the Cellar, which I hope everyone will be soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Adorada 2017 California Pinot Gris $17.99 Adorada is a juicy and aromatic California Pinot Gris, exuding orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and apricot aromas and flavors, with just a hint of toasted coconut. Tangy acidity and a deft note of minerality keeps it clean and refreshing.
Villadoria 2013 Nebbiolo Bricco Magno (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99 This Langhe Nebbiolo is a beautiful clear garnet in the glass. The nose offers a mix of toasty vanilla, rose petal and spice notes. The palate is velvety and welcoming, with a warm, complex profile of red cherry fruit, licorice, spices and a subtle underlay of earth.
Four Vines 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel (Central Coast) $12.99 This Zin from California’s Central Coast region is sourced from vineyards that range from 30 to 70 years old. The wine is bold in flavor and body with dense, ripe dark cherry and wild raspberry flavors and a nice mix of spice and pepper notes.
Morgan 2015 G17 Syrah (Monterey County) $18.99 Morgan’s G17 is a blend of 87% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 5% Tempranillo. Rich coffee cake,
blackberry and cherry blossom aromas jump from the glass. The wine is medium-bodied, with silky tannins, offering a savory palate of spice, sage and black cherry fruit.
Miraflores 2014 Grenache (El Dorado County) $22.99 This begins with a classic bouquet of red raspberries, white pepper and herbes de Provence. On the palate a delicious mix of dark raspberry fruit and savory licorice tones are carried on a smooth tannic frame. The fruit stays vivid and fresh through a long, spice-driven finish.
Rutherford Hill 2014 Merlot (Napa Valley) $27.99 From one of Napa’s true specialists with this varietal, this is a complex and well-structured Merlot. Beautifully perfumed plum and black cherry fruit flavors are polished and rich, offering fine intensity, depth and length. Smooth and supple tannins support the long, elegant finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Provenance 2015 Merlot (Napa Valley) $24.99 Tom Rinaldi was the winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards for more than 20 years before launching his own Provenance Winery. This Merlot, sourced from some of Napa Valley’s best vineyard sites, opens to lush red currant, blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors accented by notes of pepper and black olives. A round and smooth tannic frame cloaks a lush, lingering finish.
Wilson Creek Coconut Nui Sparkling Wine (Temecula) $15.99 This is a refreshingly different sparkler, featuring hints of coconut that will take your mind to an island paradise. Rich, natural coconut flavors are infused into the wine for a new taste sensation. The perfect match with Jerk Chicken!
Napa Cellars 2015 Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $24.99 The Napa Cellars 2015 Zin was sourced from vineyards in the warmer areas of Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga. It has bright aromas of fresh berry compote, black cherry, plum and sweet vanilla. Ripe raspberry, blackberry and cherry flavors are enlivened with hints of clove, star anise and baking spice, culminating in a memorable finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364