Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Yuma summer’s mid-point is at hand, as August will be upon us by early next week. Maybe not a cause for a full-scale celebration, but it’s certainly a reason for some satisfaction as we reflect on making it halfway through another of our scorching Southwest summers. But winter, summer, spring or fall, there’s one thing you can always count on: great wines (and craft beers) at the Old Town Wine Cellar right here in Historic Downtown Yuma. So brave the heat and make it down to the coolest spot in town for some wine tasting, any time between 11AM and 7PM Tuesday through Friday. Hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Bruno Giacosa 2014 Roero Arneis (Piedmont, Italy) $17.99
Arneis is an ancient grape varietal that originated in northern Italy’s Piedmont. It make a refreshingly crisp and lightly floral white with bright flavors of pears, apricot and citrus. It finishes bracingly clean, with a tangy mineral character.
Folie à Deux 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $19.99
Folie à Deux Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir begins with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed up by subtle accents of earthy truffle and spice. Precise and clean, this shows an alluring palate of ripe black cherry and plum fruit edged with a subtle hint of tobacco leaf.
André Brunel 2013 Grenache (Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, France) $11.99
André Brunel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame puts maximum effort into all of his wines, from the top Châteauneufs to this humble Vin de Pays Grenache. It’s a surprisingly complex and intense red, with a nice mix of cracked black pepper spice tones and ripe berry and plum fruit.
Bodegas Muriel 2008 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $17.99
This opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famed for. In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with a touch of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from 2 years of oak barrel aging.
Fonterutoli 2012 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $22.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets. The palate is medium in body, with firm tannins and pleasant acidity. Classic Chianti flavors of ripe black cherries and plums are accented by a hint of fennel.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2014 The Pergola Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $24.99
This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit. Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with floral and spice elements adding to its abundantly ripe black fruit flavors. It’s a big and bold, yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Susana Balbo 2013 Signature Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $17.99
Susana Balbo’s Signature Malbec offers bright aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, black olive and violets. The wine is velvety yet firmly structured, with abundant black cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by accents of cocoa, cedar and licorice that linger a muscular finish.
Licia 2016 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $14.99
This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy native Spanish white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, mouthwatering finish.
San Polo 2012 Rubio Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $15.99
This Tuscan rosso is composed primarily of Sangiovese, along with small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for added depth and complexity. Aged one year in oak casks followed by extended aging in the bottle, it offers the classic Tuscan aromas and flavors of black cherries and plums with earthy spice accents.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissebier Dunkel (Bavaria, Germany) $4.99
This dark wheat beer offers a fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas that harmonise with delicious flavors of roasted malts. It’s lightly sparkling and full-bodied with a slight caramel taste on the first sip, the sign of a classic dunkelweizen.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364