Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Road Work Update (hopefully the last one): I’m happy to announce that Maiden Lane, the street directly east of the Wine Cellar which most folks use to access the public parking lots behind the Cellar, is now finished and paved and was open to traffic as of last week. As of today it’s closed off to traffic again, which I assume is preparatory to the City preparing to begin work on 3rd Street from Gila to Main Street as the final phase of the overall project. The upshot is that if you plan on visiting the Wine Cellar anytime in the next month (which I certainly hope you do), please continue to access the public parking lots via Gila Street if you’re turning off of Giss Parkway. And there you go… Hope to see you here at the Cellar soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero (Veneto, Italy) $14.99 Riondo Spago Nero is made from 100% Prosecco grapes, but unlike most Italian Prosecco it’s not a sparkling wine. It’s a floral, fruity and lighter-bodied white with a pleasant touch of spritz, and a light hint of sweetness balanced with deliciously refreshing acidity.
Bewitched 2016 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $22.99 Bewitched is classic Russian River Valley Pinot. Aromas of dark raspberries and cherries emerge on the nose, with a hint of rose petals. The palate offers rich dark fruit flavors and elements of spice and black tea. It’s a seductively layered wine with fine acidity and supple tannins.
Zenato 2014 Valpolicella Classico Superiore (Veneto, Italy) $14.99 Valpolicella is a traditional Veneto blend of the native Corvina, Rodinella and Molinara varietals. The nose exudes rich aromas of almonds and violets. It’s smooth in texture, with a vibrant mix of dark cherry and plum fruit edged with a touch of dark chocolate.
Conundrum 2015 California Red $17.99 Intensely fragrant, Conundrum exudes evocative aromas of blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb and cola. The palate is full-bodied and exuberantly fruity, pairing ripe black cherry, plum and pomegranate fruit with cinnamon and lavender nuances. The tannins are supple and rich, with a touch of toasty vanilla.
Dashe 2014 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) $22.99 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel has all the varietal’s typical raspberry and black cherry fruit, earthy and spicy/peppery tones, and a character that begs for meals cooked outside on the grill. It’s a fresh and delicious example of a true California classic.
Oberon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County) $22.99 Oberon winemaker Tony Coltrin sources select lots of Napa County grapes that are chosen for their concentration of ripe, rich fruit and silky, supple tannins. Lush black cherry, dark wild berry and currant flavors are supported by warm and spicy accents of toasted oak.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Résonance 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $39.99 Résonance Pinot Noir is sourced from both estate vineyards and top vineyards in the Willamette Valley. A deep and brilliant dark ruby in color, this offers aromas of red fruits that pair elegantly with notes of spice and oak. Flavors of ripe dark cherries and currants stand out in the mouth, and finish with silky tannins and a touch of minerality.
Cameron Hughes 2014 Lot 530 Syrah-Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley) $8.99 Lot 530 is a Central Coast blend of Syrah and Grenache, along with small additions of Mourvèdre and Carignan. Rich aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry on the nose lead to a palate of ripe red fruit and spice.
Stone Brewing Anni-Matter Double IPA, 22nd Anniversary (Escondido) $14.99 Stone has spent 22 years pursuing clean, bitter, hop-forward beers. It may be passé to suggest this beer is just one more huge, juicy, extremely complex Stone IPA. It’s a great big middle finger to the “haze craze”, showing that a clean, crisp, clear IPA can still be smashed full of big tropical flavors.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364