Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As we close out September this week, our Yuma weather seems to be in a headlong rush toward Fall. It’s hard to believe the summer heat is a thing of the past just yet, before we even get to October, but it sure is nice while it lasts… so take advantage of this suddenly balmy weather to get out and about, specifically down to Historic Downtown, and be sure to drop by the Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Bodega Colomé 2016 Torrontés (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina) $12.99 The Torrontés varietal makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, without doubt the favorite white wine of Argentina. This one is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that the varietal is known for.
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.
Brack Mountain 2014 The Boatman Red (California) $12.99
Made with fruit sourced from Mendocino, Sierra Foothills, Amador County and Lodi, Boatman Red is a proprietary blend of 40% Alicante Bouschet, 26% Merlot, 23% Malbec, 7% Cabernet and 4% Petite Sirah. It offers a juicy mix of savory red fruit flavors with peppery accents.
Cercius 2015 Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France) $15.99 A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, this offers a delicious mix of red raspberry fruit, licorice, spice and Provencal herbs as well as a soft, silky, textured feel on the palate. From vines that are up to 90 years old, it’s un-fined and unfiltered, a quintessential Côtes du Rhône.
Tenshən 2015 Red Blend (Santa Barbara County) $22.99 Tenshən wines represent a collaborative effort by Santa Barbara winemakers Joey Tensley & Alex Guarachi. Their red is a “Rhone-style” blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre and Petite Sirah. It offers classic Rhone flavors of juicy berry fruit, white pepper and floral accents, with silky tannins and a hint of licorice.
Quinta do Crasto 2013 Douro Superior (Douro Valley, Portugal) $24.99 This is a blend of the native varietals Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Souzão, sourced from the Quinta da Cabreira in the upper Douro Valley (or ‘Douro Superior’). It’s vibrant and expressive, with black raspberry and cherry aromas uplifted by light floral tones. The palate is rich and velvet-textured, loaded with fruit and spice.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Babcock 2015 Rita’s Earth Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) $24.99 Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this exhibits all the delicacy and allure of this exalted varietal. Notes of rose petal, black tea and earth are woven through the cherry and cassis fruit core. The palate is balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
Donnafugata 2015 Lighea Zibibbo (Sicily, Italy) $17.99 In Sicily, the Muscat varietal is known as Zibibbo. Donnafugata’s Lighea is a uniquely dry version, a refreshing white with an exuberant floral and fruit bouquet that evokes white rose and yellow peach. The lively palate tastes of apricot, lemon zest and a savory hint of aromatic herbs.
Altamana 2014 Grand Reserve Malbec (Maule Valley, Chile) $17.99 ltamana Grand Reserve Malbec offers bright aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, black olive and violets. In the mouth the wine is velvety yet firmly structured, with abundant black cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by accents of cocoa, cedar and licorice that frame a muscular finish.
Bodegas Yuste Aurora Pedro Ximénez Sherry (Jerez, Spain) $18.99 This PX sherry opens with fragrant aromas of dried golden raisins. The palate is lusciously sweet and rich, offering flavors of dried figs, dates and raisins accented by complex notes of cloves, cinnamon and allspice that linger beautifully on the finish. An ideal partner with dark chocolate desserts and ice cream.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405