Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’ve reached the midpoint of August, so it’s time for the first Main Street Block Party of the season here in Historic Downtown Yuma. Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main Street! put on by Yuma Heritage Festivals will take place on the Main Street Plaza this Friday evening, August 18th from 6 to 11PM. As in years past, there will be live music all evening by local favorites like Side Hustle Band, Banat Tabla and DJ Money, the Hot Summer Nights Classic Car Show, free watermelon slices sponsored by Bare Naked Soap Company, and lots of other family-oriented fun activities.
A long hot summer is a fact of life in this corner of the world; so we might as well celebrate it. Stay downtown after you’ve chilled out tasting the usual great wines in our cool Wine Cellar, and go out and enjoy the mellow evening heat on the Main Street Plaza!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Saint Gregory 2014 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County) $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated scents of green apple, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral accent. Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this white a classic Burgundian character.
Mazzei 2013 Poggio Badiola (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99
Poggio Badiola is an estate-grown blend of Sangiovese (70%) and Merlot (30%) produced in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region. The wine combines the classic red cherry and dried herb character of Sangiovese with Merlot’s structure and fruit-filled richness.
Terra d’Oro 2014 Barbera (Amador County) $17.99
The Barbera grape, native to northern Italy’s Piedmont, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity, medium-bodied red with classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice.
Alamos 2014 Selección Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $18.99
Alamos Selección Malbec offers an enticing nose of ripe blueberry fruit with hints of violets and sweet spice. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with rich blackberry and cherry fruit flavors and a slight black pepper kick. The finish is smooth and silky, lingering nicely.
Gundlach Bundschu 2013 Mountain Cuvée (Sonoma County) $19.99
The Mountain Cuvée is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, 100% estate-grown. Savory hints of toasted oak and spicy notes of plum and black cherry mingle on the nose. In the mouth, flavors of raspberry and black currant are complemented by chocolate and cedar accents.
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.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Rombauer 2015 California Zinfandel $34.99
This 100% Zinfandel begins with deep, lush aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums, plus an enticing vanilla note. In the mouth, it’s classic Zin: big, intense and mouth-filling, packed full of ripe wild berry fruit enlivened with spicy, peppery accents.
Bodega Colomé 2016 Torrontés (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) $12.99
Torrontés makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and it has become the favorite white wine of Argentina. This one is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that this varietal is well known for – a perfect summer sipper!
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.
Ballast Point Orange-Vanilla Fathom (San Diego) $5.99
The piney and citrus hop aromas of this “India-style” Pale Lager meld with sweet orange and creamy vanilla tones – while staying true to traditional lagering methods. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it just may remind you of a yummy childhood treat.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364