Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, August 30th, the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will liven things up right down the street at Lutes’ Casino with the final installment of the 2019 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. The Quintet’s special guest performer this time will be vocalist Jennifer Wayman-Hart, who has performed locally with the Arizona Western College Jazz Band as well as the Yuma Big Band. The show will go from 7 to 9 PM (with no cover), presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. It’s a fine evening’s entertainment as our summer starts to mercifully fade; after of course enjoying some great wine at the Cellar.
Speaking of summer winding down, the Labor Day holiday weekend is almost upon us. Be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar this week to stock up on wines and craft beers to help celebrate the holiday if you’re staying around town (and even if you’re not). And have a great and safe holiday weekend everyone!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Napa Cellars 2017 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $17.99 This Chardonnay displays classic Napa characteristics, opening with aromas of vanilla, caramel, honeydew melon and a hint of apple crisp. Flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe pears and toasted coconut fill a rich palate. The mouthfeel shows balanced acidity, with a creamy finish.
Coppo 2017 L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99 Ruby red in the glass, L’Avvocata offers Barbera’s classic, intense nose of ripe dark cherry and strawberry. The aromas transition to a juicy and full-bodied palate of crushed raspberries and plums. Fresh acidity lifts the rich fruit flavors, ending on a long, spicy and satisfying finish.
Finca Las Moras 2018 Barrel Select Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $12.99 Finca Las Moras Barrel Select is a fresh and uncomplicated take on Argentina’s favorite red. It opens with jazzy notes of blackberries and plums, laced with light accents of smoke and spice. The palate is full-bodied and rich, delivering a juicy mouthful of dark fruit flavors.
Mon Frère California 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon $15.99 Mon Frère Cabernet has a fragrant nose of cherry, currant and raspberry, plus hints of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, flavors of wild berry and plum mingle on a lingering finish. Polished tannins, a moderate palate weight and the rich fruit make this wine very easy to drink.
Palacios Remondo 2015 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $19.99 The La Montesa is 92% Garnacha and 8% Tempranillo, sourced from the Palacios Remondo estate vineyards. It opens with aromas of ripe red fruits and light notes of vanilla and toasted oak. The palate is smooth and silky, with dark plum and cherry flavors plus a hint of licorice.
Mollydooker 2017 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia) $31.99 The Boxer is a rich and complex Shiraz, with a fine mix of sweet, ripe fruit and powerful tannins. It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and pepper-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering. But the density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice, and the finish just keeps on going…
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Tua Rita 2014 Perlato del Bosco (Tuscany, Italy) $29.99 The Perlato del Bosco is 100% Sangiovese, from estate vineyards. It shows wonderful finesse in the glass, with silky tannins and expressive aromatics that give the wine its sense of polish. Sweet dark berries, herbs, wildflowers and a hint of pipe tobacco add nuance on the rich and expansive palate.
Chateau d’Esclans 2018 Whispering Angel Rosé (Côtes de Provence, France) $20.99 Whispering Angel is the best-selling dry Rosé in the world, for good reason. Pale salmon pink in color, it offers tantalizing raspberry fruit and savory herbal aromas edged by a racy quality that cuts a swathe though the silky texture. Crisply refreshing, this finishes with an intriguing hint of saline minerality.
Mon Frère 2017 California Pinot Noir $17.99
The Mon Frère Pinot Noir is sourced from select vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands. A vibrant purple-garnet in the glass, it has enticing aromas of cherries and plums on the nose, plus a hint of violets and subtle spice notes. A well-balanced palate offers rich fruit, fresh acidity and a plush texture.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364