Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday evening, September 22nd brings the first annual Battle of the Bands right here in Historic Downtown. It’s a one-night-only competition at the Historic Yuma Theatre, with the best of the best local and regional bands competing for a winner-take-all cash prize of $5,000. The concert will begin at 7PM and feature performances by Yuma’s own Checker’d Past plus other competing bands including A Great Disgrace, Switchblade Mary, The Connors, The Raging Hyenas and Typha. Reserved seat tickets are $15 for stage and $10 for balcony & floor seating, available at the Yuma Art Center box office (373-5202) or on-line at www.YumaShowTickets.com. Get ready to rock!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Emmolo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $17.99 This is a fresh and fragrant Sauvignon Blanc, with bright, tangy ruby grapefruit, sweet lime, gooseberry and orange blossom on the nose. There’s plenty of depth and dimension to the flavors as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava notes that lead to a crisp, clean finish.
Domaine Eden 2013 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains) $34.99 The Santa Cruz Mountains region of northern California is the original home of great Pinot Noir in the United States. This one carries on the traditon, offering a delicious mix of dark cherry and currant fruit, mineral accents and forest floor tones on a rich, silky-smooth texture.
André Brunel 2014 Grenache (Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, France) $11.99 André Brunel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape renown puts maximum effort into all of his wines, from the top Châteauneufs to this humble Vin de Pays Grenache. It’s a surprisingly complex and intense red, with a nice mix of cracked black pepper spice tones and ripe berry and plum fruit.
Gundlach Bundschu 2016 Mountain Cuvée (Sonoma County) $17.99 The Mountain Cuvée is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, 100% estate-grown. Savory hints of toasted oak and spicy notes of plum and black cherry mingle on the nose. In the mouth, flavors of raspberry and black currant are complemented by chocolate and cedar accents.
Pascual Toso 2015 Malbec Reserva, Barrancas Vineyards (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99 A finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose. It’s rich and savory on the palate, packed with blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit. The fruit is framed with smooth, supple tannins.
Celler Cecilio 2014 Black Slate Gratallops (Priorat, Spain) $22.99 This is a blend of older and younger vine fruit from August Cecilio’s vineyards near the village of Gratallops, in the Priorat region of northeast Spain. A blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah, it offers delicious blackberry, blueberry and floral flavors edged with exotic spice accents.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Foley Johnson 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $44.99 This Cabernet truly reflects the classic terroir of Napa’s famed Rutherford district. Aromas of dark berry fruit mingle with accents of mocha and espresso, transitioning seamlessly to the rich palate. It’s a beautifully structured wine that offers superlative length, body and texture.
Captûre 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Les Pionniers (Lake / Sonoma County) $22.99 Les Pionniers Sauvignon Blanc gets its charm from a combination of premier Sonoma County and Lake County vineyards. Full-bodied and a tad creamy on the palate, it has a smooth, rich texture balanced by keen acidity. Nectarine, white peach and green and yellow apple fruit is pure and complex, laced with hints of ginger and sweet lime.
Fantini 2017 Terre di Chieti Sangioviese (Abruzzo, Italy) $14.99 The grapes for Terre di Chieti come from the communes of Ortona and San Salvo, located on the Adriatic coast of Abruzzo Province. The wine is properly balanced and well structured, with vibrant red fruit flavors, grippy tannins, fresh acidity and a satisfying finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364