Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just a brief post-Labor Day note this week: I’d like to remind everyone that the Old Town Wine Cellar continues to host “Wine, Women & Networking” on the first Wednesday of every month; September’s get-together is tomorrow, September 6th. We always get a nice turnout of professional women, longtime WW&N regulars as well as newbies interested in meeting new friends and business contacts over a nice glass of wine in a fun, relaxed social setting. So stop by if you have time Wednesday, we’ll get started at 5:30PM. Hope to see you at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
King Estate 2015 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99 This is a vibrant, delicious Oregon Pinot Gris with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of Bosc pear, peach and orange blossoms reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest. The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.
Bench 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $18.99 This Pinot blends fruit from Carneros and the Russian River Valley. The Russian River element, while smaller, is well reflected in the bright cherry and dark berry fruit on the nose and the palate. Alluring hints of crushed flower blossoms along with notes of earthy, sweet spices give complexity to a silky texture and a lingering finish.
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2014 Chianti Castiglioni (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99 Tuscany is considered the heart and soul of Italian wines, and the Frescobaldi family has been making wine there for over 800 years. The Castiglioni is classic Chianti, with raspberry, cherry and plum flavors edged by exotic notes of spice and herbs.
Marques de Caceres 2010 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain) $12.99 A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, this Crianza offers aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry and blackberry, with a touch of spice. In the mouth it’s fresh and savory, showing ripe fruit flavors and spicy accents of mint and licorice.
St. Clement 2010 Merlot (Napa Valley) $21.99 This elegant, well-structured Merlot exudes enticing aromas of currant and dried herbs on the nose. The palate offers rich, lasting flavors of plum and black cherry, edged by complex notes of cedar, leather and toasty oak that are framed by polished tannins.
Penfolds 2014 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz (South Australia) $32.99 This multi-region Shiraz was one of the first “Bin Number” wines ever produced by Penfolds, way back in 1959. The 2014 vintage was sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. It offers thick, velvety flavors of blackberry and plum that are ripe and rich, with notes of black tea, mineral and herbs on a juicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Orin Swift 2014 Dept. 66 Grenache (Cotes Catalanes, France) $39.99 Dept. 66 lies in the extreme southwest part of France known as the Cotes Catalanes, where Orin Swift has acquired 300 acres of vineyards over 60 years of age. It’s 80% Grenache, with Syrah and Carignan comprising the balance. The wine offers a striking blend of lush fruit and a spicy, peppery, mineral-laden complexity that lingers pleasantly.
Luca Bosio 2013 Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $14.99 This is a soft and balanced wine with rich black cherry, dark plum, spice and earthy accents that offset a firm structure. Silky tannins contribute to a smooth mouthfeel. It’s freshness and approachability makes Barbera a great choice at the dinner table.
Harken 2015 California Chardonnay $14.99 100% barrel-fermented with full malolactic fermentation, this was aged for seven months in a mix of American and French oak barrels. The result is a delicious medley of crème brulée and buttered toast notes along with ripe Bosc pear and tropical fruit flavors. It’s truly a classic ‘California-style’ Chardonnay.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405