Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Not too much to talk about this week, other than our great fall weather that has finally and blessedly arrived. As we move later into October the pace quickens as the holiday season grows nearer, and lots of interesting new wines and beers start appearing on the Wine Cellar shelves. Try to make it down to the Cellar soon and give some of them a try!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Gérard Bertrand 2016 Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $16.99 This wine, made entirely from the Picpoul grape, exhibits a yellow color with shimmering flashes. An intense, complex bouquet offers notes of ripe fruits, citrus peel, honey and white flowers. It has a rich yet lively feel in the mouth, with a crisp freshness.
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.
Ricasoli 2016 Chianti del Barone (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99 Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy, dating back to the year 1141. Their Chianti del Barone is a classic representation of the wine that Italy is best known for. A brilliant ruby red, it has attractive aromas and flavors of ripe red fruits, with savory touches of earth and leather.
Cercius 2015 Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France) $15.99 A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, this offers a delicious mix of dark raspberry fruit, licorice, spice and Provençal herbs as well as a soft, silky and 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.
Trivento 2014 Golden Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $22.99 Trivento’s Golden Reserve offers rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black olives, violets and fennel. The palate is smooth and plush, with vivid layers of cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by cocoa, cedar and licorice notes on a muscular finish.
Tuck Beckstoffer 2014 Melee Grenache (California) $34.99 This wine offers a kaleidoscope of aromas emerging from the glass. Hints of summer fruits, white pepper, lavender, underbrush and mineral lead to an incredibly focused yet elegant, balanced and graceful palate. The finish is a blockbuster that shows both power and finesse.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Orin Swift 2017 8 Years in the Desert (California Red) $39.99 The long-awaited successor to Dave Phinney’s classic The Prisoner Zin blend, A dark garnet with a lucid rim, this offers aromas of ripe blackberry and dark plum with hints of minerality and charred meat. A huge, mouth-filling palate has complex flavors of rich, brambly dark fruits, a touch of earth and hints of espresso bean. A blend of 56% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah.
Skeleton 2017 Grüner Veltliner (Austria) $11.99 Grüner Veltiner is Austria’s favorite white wine. This one offers fresh aromas of green apple, honeydew melon and mango in the glass. It’s deliciously crisp and racy in the mouth, with the typical G-V spiciness adding white pepper and fresh herb hints to its apple, peach and tangerine flavors.
Murphy-Goode 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $18.99 This wine offers a bold, pleasing bouquet of ripe, tangy blackberry, black pepper, toasted oak, eucalyptus and lavender. The lush wild berry fruit tones persist through to the palate, along with burly tannins, espresso and herb notes and a hint of tobacco leaf. The flavors are nicely balanced, with an extended, dry finish.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405