Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
There’s definitely a (slight) hint of Fall in the air, as we near the midpoint of September and see a forecast of some sub-100 degree days this week. It’s a good reason for folks to emerge from their summer hibernation mode here in Yuma and start enjoying some of the things that make Yuma a great place to live, like our vibrant Historic Downtown area. And specifically, the Old Town Wine Cellar. So stop in the Cellar soon, enjoy a wine tasting or a glass and then check out all that’s happening Downtown. Hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Amavi 2016 Sémillon (Walla Walla Valley) $19.99 Barrel-fermented in neutral French oak, this wine is deliciously aromatic, with aromas of pear, citrus and beeswax followed by lush melon and peach/pear flavors edged with a tangy citrus element. The palate is smooth and elegant, with a pleasing honeyed richness balanced by crisp acidity.
Au Contraire 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $22.99 Au Contraire is a blend of fruit from premier Sonoma Coast vineyards, including the new Fort-Ross Seaview AVA. A brilliant garnet in the glass, the nose offers scents of cherry, raspberry and plum plus a hint of violet amid subtle spices notes. An elegant, silky mouthfeel and firm acidity showcase the wine’s ripe fruit.
Angry Bunch 2016 Zinfandel (Lodi) $14.99 The Angry Bunch Zin is a ripe, juicy mosh pit of raspberries, blackberries and plums, spiced with accents of vanilla and black pepper. The wine was aged for 15 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. Pair it if you dare with a flavorful feast – barbecue and grilled meats, zesty pastas, braised pork and hearty cheeses.
Federalist 2016 Honest Red (North Coast) $15.99 The Federalist Honest Red is a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec and Cabernet grapes sourced from premier growing sites in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The wine offers a soft and round mouthfeel with a medley of rich dark fruit flavors, ending with a lightly spicy finish.
Penfolds Max’s 2016 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) $19.99 This deep magenta-hued blend of 77% Shiraz and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a nose of blackberry and powdered earth. White pepper graces its inky espresso structure, inching its way through bold notes of plum and beetroot. Violets chime in mid-palate, while a meaty grilled sensation is spiced to the “max” on the finish.
San Felice 2015 Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99 Il Grigio has offers richness, complexity and elegance that few Chiantis can rival. The nose exudes aromas of sweet ripe cherry fruit plus complex hints of violets, spices and dark chocolate. The palate is plush and silky but firmly structured, with generous flavors of dark cherry, plum and a hint of sweet licorice.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $39.99 This fruit-filled, full-bodied Zinfandel is graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe dark cherries. A subtle waft of freshly roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds mingles with soft red raspberries on a long and persistent finish.
Maison de Grand Esprit 2017 L’être Magique Rosé (Côtes de Provence, France) $15.99 Crisp and elegant, this Provence rosé will transport you to a sun-drenched afternoon in the south of France. It’s fresh and breezy, with citrus-driven aromas and mouthwatering flavors of strawberry and watermelon. The brisk finish offers a pleasant touch of salinity and a hint of white pepper.
Inscription 2018 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Inscription delivers lavish red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, well complemented by the typical Oregon character of mushroom, forest floor and earth. It’s a rich yet well-balanced Pinot, nicely enhanced with subtle toast and vanilla hints from French oak aging.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364