Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series is back on again this week just down the street at Lutes’ Casino (221 S. Main), with the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet in concert Friday evening from 7-9 PM. This week’s show features another “Trumpet Summit” with guest performances by Randy Wright, Amanda Dallabetta, Bryan Stewart and Michael Harig playing alongside the regular members of the Quintet. There’s no cover charge for the performances, presented by Lutes’ and Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. They’re a great summer diversion right here in Historic Downtown – just like wine tasting at the Old Town Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Michele Chiarlo 2015 Le Marne Gavi (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99 Gavi comes from a small region in northwest Italy, on the steep slopes of the Apennines. Made from the native Cortese varietal, this offers a savory palate of white peach, green apple, sage and a hint of toasted almonds, framed with bright acidity. A mineral note enlivens the finish.
Landmark Overlook 2015 Pinot Noir (California) $22.99 Landmark’s Overlook combines premium fruit sourced from cooler growing sites in Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara County to beautiful effect. With vibrant fruit, velvety tannins and a hint of spice from French oak aging, it’s an elegant and supple California Pinot Noir.
Hazaña Rioja Viñas Viejas (Rioja, Spain) $13.99 This Rioja is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, from 45 to 70 year-old un-irrigated vines. Deep, dark-fruited aromas with a light hint of wood smoke greet the nose. On the palate, the wine offers juicy black plum and dark cherry fruit, with accents of sweet tobacco and old leather.
Masi 2013 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $15.99 Campofiorin was introduced by Masi over 50 years ago as an affordable mid-point between the pleasant fruitiness of a basic Valpolicella and the complex, raisined richness of Amarone. The fruit-filled nose is perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s soft, rich and spicy on the palate, with savory flavors of ripe red plums and berries and a pleasant hint of licorice.
Seven Hills 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $19.99 Seven Hills Winery specializes in producing wines from Bordeaux varietals, which excel in Washington’s Columbia River Valley. Their 2014 Cabernet has a bright nose of black cherry kirsch, mocha and a subtle note of baker’s chocolate. The seamless palate offers rich blackberry and cassis flavors with a hint of dark chocolate.
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.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Conn Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $32.99 Fruit from Conn Creek’s Collins-Holystone vineyard in the St. Helena District forms the core of this Cabernet, along with vineyards in Stags’ Leap District, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and the Spring Mountain AVA’s. The end result is a rich, elegant and finely balanced Cabernet.
Martin Ray 2016 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) $17.99 This Chardonnay is a compilation of fruit sourced from premier growing sites in the Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. It’s a sophisticated take on the varietal, with alluring scents and luscious flavors of ripe cantaloupes, golden apples, Meyer lemon zest and just a touch of coconut cream pie, combining in a refreshing crispness.
Domaine Chandon étoile Brut Sparkling Rosé (Carneros) $31.99 The grapes for the étoile Brut Rosé are sourced from vineyards in Carneros, the coolest part of Napa and Sonoma counties. The wine was aged for a minimum of five years sur lie. This is an elegant and opulent pink sparkler, with subtle notes of plums, berries and nutmeg.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364