Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, August 12th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will offer another of our occasional Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings. We’ll start at noon and keep going until 6 PM, with a diverse selection of American craft beers and interesting imports to sample for a $5 tasting fee. So stop by the Cellar Saturday afternoon if you have a chance and sample some interesting brews!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
J. Lohr 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard (Napa Valley) $18.99
Sauvignon Blanc makes up 11 acres of the 34 acre Carol’s Vineyard, next to the Napa River. The soils are loamy and well-drained, with a substantial degree of gravel. The 2014 is a pale straw yellow in color, with youthful green hues. The aromas and flavors offer a vibrant mix of juicy grapefruit, kiwi, lime, fig and passionfruit, with a keen mineral edge.
Martin Ray 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $16.99
100% Pinot Noir, this wine spent 8 months in French oak. It shows a wonderful bright ruby color, and offers aromas of wild berry fruit with a light touch of earth. The flavors are full of cherry and raspberry with a soft finish – a perfect match with grilled salmon.
Vidal-Fleury 2013 Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France) $14.99
This Rhone red offers an intense, complex bouquet, with notes of ripe red raspberries accented by an exotic hint of black pepper. Abundantly ripe, fresh dark raspberry and plum fruit dominates the palate, edged by the characteristic Cotes-du-Rhone spice character.
Francis Coppola 2014 Black Label Claret (Sonoma County) $15.99
Coppola Claret is a red blend crafted in the style of the great wines of the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it also includes some Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It’s a wine of fine depth and elegance, with a rich and lingering finish.
Celler Cecilio 2014 Black Slate Gratallops (Priorat, Spain) $22.99
This is a blend of older and younger vine fruit from August Cecilio’s vineyards near the village of Gratallops in the Priorat region of northeast Spain. A blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah, it offers delicious blackberry, blueberry and floral flavors edged with exotic spice accents.
Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2015 Il Bruciato (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99
Il Bruciato is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, made with grapes sourced from Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region. Bright cherry and currant flavors are enhanced by a touch of cedar. Smooth tannins and a fresh finish complete this elegant, satisfying Tuscan red.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Elderton 2012 Estate Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) $24.99
Elderton’s estate vineyard next to the winery was planted over 120 years ago, and some of those vines are still producing grapes that go into this wine. It’s a classic Barossa Shiraz, with spice and pepper tones that surround a rich core of cherry, plum and licorice flavors.
Michel Delhommeau 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine (Loire Valley, France) $14.99
This fragrant Loire white, made from the native Melon de Bourgogne varietal, offers expressive aromas of citrus, apricots and wildflowers. It’s bracingly clean in the mouth, with a savory saline note and a crunchy, defined mineral character. Juicy white fruit flavors dominate the front-palate and a distinctive pear-skin accent enlivens the zesty finish.
Mastroberardino 2014 Mastro Aglianico (Campania, Italy) $14.99
Sourced from grape vines growing in the fertile volcanic soils of Campania in the south of Italy, this Aglianico exudes rich aromas of Damson plums plus hints of flowers and leather. It’s full-bodied and velvety in the mouth. It makes a great introduction to this ancient, little-known Italian varietal.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364