Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series continues this week down the street at Lutes’ Casino (221 S. Main) with the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet in concert Friday evening, July 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. For this performance, some outstanding local student musicians will join the regular members of the Quintet. Check out YJC’s website at yumajazz.com for more info. There’s never a cover charge for these live performances, presented by Lutes’ and Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Beat the heat with some hot jazz – hope you can make it downtown Friday!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Bottega Vinaia 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino, Italy) $17.99 This begins with bright aromas of orchard fruits like apple and pear, along with floral tones and a hint of orange peel. The palate shows an intensity and persistence that’s rarely found in Pinot Grigio. It’s fresh, dry and flavorful, with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Napa Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir (Napa Valley) $18.99 Napa Cellars Pinot is soft and velvety in the mouth, entirely inviting and mellow. The flavors are marked by delicious black cherry and raspberry fruit, plus complex notes of dried herbs and fennel. A cool minerality and fresh acidity lead this to a long and layered finish.
Corte Fiore 2017 Appassimento (Abruzzo, Italy) $15.99 Appassimento is a traditional Italian winemaking style in which grapes are partially dried before pressing, resulting in wines with added richness, flavor and complexity. This wine, made entirely from the native Montepulciano d’Abruzzo varietal, offers aromas of wild cherries and berries, followed by a palate of juicy dark fruit, bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Terra d’Oro 2014 Petite Sirah (Amador County) $17.99 This Amador Petite Sirah offers a delightful aroma profile of cracked peppercorns, bay leaf and clove, with light toffee notes in the background. The palate is a rich mouthful of ripe black fruits, framed by firm tannins and a nice dash of toasty oak at the finish.
Chateau Haut-Colombier 2015 Cote de Blaye (Bordeaux, France) $21.99 The Chateau Haut-Colombier is mostly Merlot (90%) along with some Malbec. Ripe and juicy, it’s a ready-to-drink red. Rich berry and currant fruit flavors are well cut with acidity, and a nice touch of spicy wood from barrel aging. Firm tannins give this a solid foundation.
Justin 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $26.99 2017 marks the 30th anniversary vintage of Justin’s hugely popular estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of black cherry, currant and vanilla waft from the glass. A soft, delicate entry is woven into a plush palate that offers flavors of blueberry, cassis and a moderate touch of spice. Supple tannins with a touch of dark chocolate frame a satisfying finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Argiano 2013 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $49.99 This Brunello opens with aromas of ripe dark fruits edged with smoky spice, with a hint of dried flowers in the background. It’s a richly flavorful wine on the palate, with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit plus elements of fennel and black tea. A fine, silky mouthfeel carries this along to a refined, lengthy finish.
Long Meadow Ranch 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $19.99 Aromas of figs, kiwi, grapefruit and wildflowers jump from the glass. The palate delivers a mix of kiwi, toasted pine nuts, figs, ruby grapefruit and lemongrass. A subtle creaminess from aging in neutral oak balances the citrus character of the varietal, finishing clean and refreshing.
Altemasi Brut Sparkling Wine (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) $23.99 From the Dolomite Mountains of far northern Italy, this is a clean, crisp and richly flavored sparkler. Apple and pleasant toasty scents precede a tingling palate of ripe golden apple, white pear and floral flavors that are fully dry, and supported by fresh, zesty acidity.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405