Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, September 16th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will mark the midpoint of the month by presenting another of our occasional Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings. We’ll start at noon and go until 6 PM, with the usual great selection of American craft beers and imports to sample. So be sure to stop by the Cellar Saturday and check out some interesting brews!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
MacRostie 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) $19.99 Delicate floral aromas introduce this wine, followed by lemon citrus and peach stone fruit notes. The soft entry offers a nice hint of pie-crust spice plus candied orange peel. There’s a rich and pleasing fullness on the mid-palate, and it finishes with a crisp and lasting citrus-zest character.
Byron 2014 Neilson Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) $18.99 Sourced from three Santa Barbara County appellations (Santa Rita Hills, Los Alamos and Santa Maria Valley), this offers fragrant aromas of dark cherries with an overlay of seasoned oak. The flavor profile is a core of black fruits edged by elements of earth and spice, with silky tannins.
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.
Terra d’Oro 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County) $17.99 This Zin is a great example of Amador County old-vine fruit. Terra d’Oro doesn’t have to coerce character from the grapes, nor do they try to hold any back. Juicy berry flavors are seasoned by classic Shenandoah Valley spice. French oak imparts vanilla and cinnamon tones to a long, sumptuous finish.
Ferrari Carano 2014 Siena (Sonoma County) $19.99 Siena begins with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins. Tart cherry pie flavors linger at the finish, accented by a touch of chocolate on a long, pleasing finish.
Austin Hope Cellars 2014 Treana (Paso Robles) $31.99 Treana shows a deep ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe dark fruits and spice. Rich flavors of dark cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak. Depth and power come from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon; 25% Syrah lends a silky softness.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Caymus Vineyards Red Schooner Malbec Voyage 4 (Mendoza, Argentina) $39.99 A deep plum color, this wine offers evocative scents of dark fruits, layered with cassis and fresh earth. In the mouth lush fruit flavors of ripe dark plums and cherries are edged with accents of Asian spice and cinnamon. The tannins add both structure and a velvety softness. Lingering flavors of rich dark fruits and chocolate swirl on a harmonious finish.
Gundlach Bundschu 2015 Gewürztraminer (Sonoma Coast) $18.99 This is a wonderfully fresh, off-dry Gewürz, medium-bodied with fine acidity. Scents of lychee fruit, honeysuckle and jasmine are followed up with delicate flavors of orange peel, peach, pear and melon, accented by the characteristic spiciness of the varietal.
Fog Theory 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) $19.99 The cool climate of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County near the Pacific Ocean creates an elegant, Burgundian style of Pinot Noir that offers balanced acidity, a light garnet hue, silky tannins and rich black-fruit flavors.
Stone Brewing Tangerine Express IPA (Escondido) $6.99 Stone uses bountiful whole tangerine purée which brings a pithy, crisp bitterness to the citrus flavors. In addition, they add a small amount of whole pineapple for a subtle backnote. They’re making a sweet brew for the “I like beers that taste like fruit juice” crowd. This is Stone. They make IPAs that taste like IPAs. Big, bold, and not for kids!
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405