Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’ve reached the last week of September, and it’s already fall by the calendar even if the weather still seems more like summer. But the days are getting shorter and mornings and evenings are a lot more pleasant lately, so I think it’s safe to say that summer is on its last legs. It’s a slippery slide to the holiday season from this point on, with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and finally New Year’s Eve rushing toward us seemingly faster every year. So shake off the summer slumbers and start thinking about the holiday celebrations to come. Premium wines (and great craft & import beers) are bound to be an important part of all those festivities. So be sure to make some time soon and venture downtown to the Wine Cellar to partake in one of our daily wine tastings – it’s never too early to get a head start on your holiday party planning!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Suavia 2016 Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) $15.99
Suavia Soave Classico is made with 100% Garganega grapes, all from the Tessari family’s estate in the heart of the Soave appellation. Scents of apple, pear and almond balance a clean minerality amid hints of fresh herbs. Crisp, refreshing flavors of pears and citrus build into a harmonious and lengthy finish.
Peter Yealands 2016 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) $17.99
This is elegant “cool-climate” Pinot Noir at its best. It’s fragrant, soft and savory, with a delicate bouquet of dark fruit and spice. On the palate, true varietal flavors of dark cherry and currant emerge on a soft, silky frame, ending in a long and elegant finish.
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 balanced and well-structured, with vibrant red fruit flavors, gripping tannins, fresh acidity and a satisfying finish.
Goldschmidt Winery 2015 Fidelity Red (Alexander Valley) $15.99
All the fruit for this wine was sourced from Nick Goldschmidt’s Crazy Creek Vineyard in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. A Meritage-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it’s a rich and supple red with flavors of black cherries, espresso and dark chocolate.
Robert Hall 2014 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $18.99
Select lots of grapes sourced from some of Paso Robles’ premier vineyards were selected for Robert Hall’s 2014 Zinfandel. Barrel-aged for 14 months, it’s a rich, full-bodied red with a dense core of raspberry fruit enhanced with lively accents of peppery spice and toasty oak.
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, expansive flavors of dark cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak accents. Depth and power come from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Syrah lends an inviting silky softness.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Mer Soleil 2016 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $29.99
This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot exudes black cherry, strawberry and floral aromas on the nose. It’s rich and full in the mouth, with notes of oak, anise and exotic spices. The result is an elegant and complex wine with finely integrated tannins, fresh acidity and a long, cherry-and-spice-laden finish.
Dave Phinney Locations California Red $18.99
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.
Dominio Basconcillos 2015 Viña Magna (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $18.99
The Viña Magna “6 Months in Barrel” is a vivid, deep crimson, attesting to the wine’s youth. The nose is initially dominated by new oak, with aromas of fresh, ripe blackberries and raspberries emerging after some time. The palate is nicely balanced, with moderate yet firm tannins framing ripe wild berry flavors.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405