Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’re in the home stretch of summer in Yuma – we know that because the first Block Party of the season in Historic Downtown will take place this Friday evening, August 17th from 6-10 PM. Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main Street!, put on by Yuma Heritage Festivals, is an annual downtown tradition that celebrates our potent summers here in the great Southwest. Per the Heritage Festivals folks, here’s what you can expect:
Music by the Muno Barz 24K Dance Band and DJ Goist, and other local entertainment
The Hot Summer Nights Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show
Free watermelon slices sponsored by Bare Naked Soap Company
A variety of food vendors, as well as our great Downtown Yuma restaurants
Plenty of fun activites for the kids,
and of course, a Beer Garden
Stick around downtown this Friday evening, after you’ve sampled the usual great wines in our nice cool Cellar, and enjoy the mellow evening heat on the Main Street Plaza for a while. Hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Route Stock 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $17.99 Aromas of figs, kiwi, grapefruit and wildflowers jump from the glass. The palate offers flavors of kiwi, toasted pine nuts, figs, ruby grapefruit and lemongrass. A subtle creaminess from aging in neutral oak balances the citrusy character of the varietal, finishing clean and refreshing.
Cloudfall 2016 Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $15.99 The grapes for this Pinot are sourced from Sweetwater Vineyard in the warmer southern growing region of Monterey County, giving the wine a vibrant, fruit-forward character elegantly balanced by the acidity characteristic of coastal vineyard sites.
Mastroberardino 2014 Aglianico (Campania, Italy) $14.99 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.
Charles Smith 2015 Velvet Devil Merlot (Washington) $12.99 Charles Smith’s Velvet Devil Merlot is polished, supple and expressive, with a medley of ripe blackberry and spice flavors that meld nicely on a long and well-defined finish.
Beronia 2011 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $22.99 This Reserva is made from carefully selected Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes sourced from older vineyards. It aged 20 months in oak plus 18 more months in the bottle prior to release. An aromatic nose offers hints of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. The velvety palate delivers abundant berry and plum fruit, with pleasant accents of tobacco and spice.
Truchard 2016 Syrah (Carneros) $29.99 This ‘cool climate’ Syrah opens with fragrant aromas of dark fruits. In the mouth, a dense core of juicy dark cherry and blackberry fruit is robed with firm tannins and a spicy, lifting acidity. With air, the spice accents increase in intensity, adding complexity on the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Tenuta San Guido 2016 Guidalberto (Tuscany, Italy) $59.99 Guidalberto is the “second wine” from the producers of the legendary Sassicaia. It’s a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Dark, plush and enveloping, it has succulent red cherry, blueberry, chocolate and grilled herb flavors, with an attractive, perfumed finish. It’s a wine of finesse and nuance, persistent yet superbly balanced.
Sebastiani 2014 Gravel Bed Red (Sonoma County) $29.99 Gravel Bed Red is 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon; the balance Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The fruit is from “gravelly” vineyards such as the famed Cherryblock, as well as Mountain Terraces and Bedrock. The wine is silky soft and texturally seamless on the palate with a pronounced mineral-edge complexity to pair with ripe black fruit flavors and a juicy finish.
Ommegang Queen of the Seven Kingdoms Ale (Cooperstown, New York) $11.99 An exceptional blend of Belgian-style sour ale and blonde ale, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms pours a pale golden hue in the glass. Notes of melon and citrus meld with fruity esters from Belgian yeasts. Tart citrus notes balance its lightly sweet malt character, with flavors of ripe apricots, pears and yeasty bread. The finish is crisp and dry, with a subtle citrus bite.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364