Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, October 13th, an interesting new event will take place at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Park adjacent to Historic Downtown. It’s the Taste of Yuma “Foodie Fest”, sponsored by the Arizona Western College Foundation, AWC Alumni Association and the Mexican Consulate. The theme of the Foodie Fest is “Explore the global diversity of foods in Yuma County.” Along with a wide variety of food items to sample, there will be a wine and beer garden and live entertainment on the spacious park grounds of the Quartermaster Depot. The event will go from 5PM to 11PM; admission fee is $5 (kids 14 & under free), with the various food items ranging from $1 to $3. All proceeds will go toward scholarships and programs of the AWC Foundation & Alumni Association. Sounds like a great addition to our fall/winter scene here in Yuma, so head for Downtown Friday and check it out!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Livio Felluga 2015 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) $22.99 This is a full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio that opens with clean, bright aromas of apples, pears and citrus fruits. It’s fresh and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with crisp apple and peach fruit flavors edged with a complex minerality.
Lyric by Etude 2015 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) $17.99 Etude has made superb Pinots in Napa Valley’s Carneros region for over 30 years, and recently decided to apply their proven skill with the varietal to the Santa Barbara County appellation. The Lyric is a fine rendition of the varietal, with a core of rich black cherry fruit edged by notes of red raspberry and tart cranberry.
Shannon Ridge 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County) $12.99 The Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection Cabernet offers raspberry and dried cranberry characters plus notes of pepper and allspice. The lengthy, savory finish has hints of cedar, framing abundant dark fruit and toasted oak
Altamana 2014 Grand Reserve Malbec (Maule Valley, Chile) $17.99 Altamana Grand Reserve Malbec offers bright aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, black olive and violets. In the mouth it’s 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.
Planeta 2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Sicily, Italy) $19.99 The Cerasuolo di Vittoria of southern Sicily is a blend of the Sicilian mainstay grape Nero d’Avola along with another native varietal, the tart, strawberry-scented Frappato. The wine’s bouquet is reminiscent of ripe blackberries. A soft, medium-bodied palate offers rich dark fruit flavors mixed with bright strawberry and cherry notes.
Mollydooker 2016 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia) $29.99 The Boxer is a rich and complex Shiraz, with a mix of sweet ripe fruit and powerful tannins. It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and peppery-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering. But the density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice, and the finish just keeps on going…
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Elvio Cogno 2011 Cascina Nuova Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) $59.99 Winemaker Valter Fissore harvests fruit for the Cascina Nuova from vines that are less than 11 years old to yield a precocious Barolo that’s a pleasure to drink young. The 2011 vintage is no exception, offering black cherry and plum flavors dusted with thyme and anise, and a dark, charry undertone that gives it depth and a savory complexity on the rich, lingering finish.
Napa Cellars 2014 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $18.99 This Chardonnay displays classic Napa characteristics, opening with aromas of vanilla, caramel, honeydew melon and a hint of apple crisp. Flavors of Meyer lemon, baked pear and toasted coconut are reminiscent of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. The wine’s mouthfeel exhibits soft, balanced acidity with a creamy finish.
Robert Mondavi 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey County) $14.99 This Monterey County Cabernet combines California craftsmanship with Southern Bourbon whiskey aging tradition. Coastal vineyards create deep, rich flavors of black cherries and blackberries. Then the wine ages for three months in select Bourbon barrels, adding intriguing nuances of vanilla and brown sugar.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405