Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’re in the home stretch of summer here in Yuma – we know that because the first Block Party of the season in Historic Downtown will take place this Friday evening, September 7th from 4 to 10 PM, courtesy of Yuma Heritage Festivals. Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main Street! is an annual downtown tradition that celebrates our potent summers here in the great Southwest. This year’s theme is a Celebrate the Heat Luau. Here’s what you can expect:
Live Music, plus other local entertainment
Hot Summer Nights Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show on the 300 Block
A Movie on the Block showcasing Disney’s Moana
An Ice Garden
Free watermelon slices, and ice-cold treats & drinks
Food vendors, as well as our numerous fine Downtown restaurants
Lots of fun activities for the kids,
and of course, a Beer Garden
So don some Hawaiian attire and stick around downtown this Friday after sampling the usual great wines in our cool Wine Cellar, and enjoy the mellow evening heat on the Main Street Plaza. Hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Livio Felluga 2017 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) $22.99 This is a full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio that opens with clean, bright aromas of apples, pears and citrus fruits. It’s fresh and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with crisp apple and peach fruit flavors edged with a complex 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.
Vigneti del Salento 2015 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $12.99 The baking hot sun of the Italian south comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro, an ancient native varietal in Puglia, is a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian cuisine.
Cadaretta 2013 Estate Syrah (Columbia Valley) $15.99 This deep purple-colored Washington Syrah offers a nose of blackberries and roasted plums, with accents of spice, coffee and vanilla. It’s full and rich on the palate, with fleshy, gripping tannins and medium acidity.
Dave Phinney Locations California Red $19.99 Dave Phinney’s Locations is a blend of fruit sourced from diverse California regions, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the Sierra Foothills. It’s made from Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache. The wine is loaded with intensely ripe berry fruit along with pepper and herbal notes and a light touch of toasty oak – savory, luscious and opulent.
Starmont 2014 Merlot (Carneros) $22.99 Starmont Merlot has a ripe and juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, this shows elements of rich spice that accent the ample fruit and add fine complexity. The round, soft finish carries a light accent of vanilla.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Castello di Neive 2016 Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy) $35.99 An elegant, beautifully structured Nebbiolo, this wine opens with exotic scents of cedar, violets and dried cherries. It’s silky, supple and velvety on the palate. Juicy blackberry and plum fruit interwoven by delicate notes of balsamic linger on the persistent finish.
St. Supéry 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $15.99 This is a crisp and fragrant white, offering tangy grapefruit, gooseberry and orange blossom aromas on the nose. There’s a fine degree of depth and dimension to the palate as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava flavors. The result is a bright, racy white that finishes fresh and clean.
Chronic Cellars 2016 Purple Paradise (Paso Robles) $14.99 The name says it all in this Paso Zinfandel from Chronic Cellars. The nose has bright aromas of dark fruits, baking spice, vanilla and leather. Bold fruit flavors possess nice undercurrents of spice and herbal accents on a round, mouth-filling palate. The finish is filled with sweet notes of blackberry jam.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364