Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Once again this year, if you need a jump-start to get in that Halloween kind of mood, the Yuma Art Center here in Historic Downtown is ready to help. This Saturday evening, October 26th, the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.). The musical/comedy/faux-horror extravaganza will air at midnight, with doors open at 11:00 PM and a costume parade at 11:30. The showing will also feature a “shadowcast” of the film (with local actors playing along in front of the screen throughout the film). Audience members are invited to fully participate and costumes are encouraged, but they do ask that you please leave the toast, hot dogs, prunes, rice, lighters and water pistols at home. And the kids too; ages 18+ admitted only. $7 general admission at the door, or visit www.yumashowtickets.com to snag yours ahead of time. Enjoy!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Donnafugata 2017 Anthilia (Sicily, Italy) $15.99 Primarily based on Sicily’s native Cataratto varietal, Anthilia is bright and juicy, with aromas of fragrant white flowers, citrus and ripe orchard fruits. Mirroring the nose, the refreshing palate offers crisp apple, pear and nectarine flavors plus a hint of the fragrant Mediterranean shrub garrigue.
Napa Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir (Napa Valley) $18.99 Napa Cellars Pinot is soft and velvety in the mouth, entirely inviting and mellow. The flavors are marked by delicious black cherry and raspberry fruit, plus complex notes of dried herbs and fennel. A cool minerality and fresh acidity lead into a long and layered finish.
Bodegas Faustino 2017 Faustino VII (Rioja, Spain) $11.99 The Faustino VII begins with bright aromas of currant, cherry and a note of vanilla. The bouquet is followed with balanced and velvety flavors of red cherries and raspberries. The finish is expressive and long, with a pleasant touch of vanilla-laced oak toast.
Bodega Garzon 2017 Cabernet Franc (Punta del Este, Uruguay) $17.99 A rich, regal purple in the glass with violet reflections, this 100% varietal wine has a nose of forest fruits along with ripe peppers, spices and lightly smoky tones from barrel aging. With gentle tannins in the mouth, it blends ripe plum and red berry fruit with intriguing accents of eucalyptus, mint and chocolate.
Lionel Faury 2016 Syrah (Rhone Valley, France) $22.99 The Rhone Valley’s Collines Rhodaniennes appellation lies just across the river from the far more famous northern Rhône crus Côte-Rôtie and St-Joseph. Lionel Faury’s Collines Syrah has wonderful aromatics and complexity, with notes of violets and fresh blackberries amid a backdrop of granite-laced mineral elements and soft, brambly tannins.
San Felice 2016 Bell’Aja Bolgheri (Tuscany, Italy) $29.99 This Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend is made with fruit sourced from Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coastline. A lavish bouquet of berry and currant fruit is edged by herb and floral tones. It’s rich and dense on the palate, with abundant sweet dark fruit cloaked with soft and velvety tannins.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Austin Hope Cellars 2016 Quest Proprietary Red (Paso Robles) $24.99 Quest is a new effort from well-known Paso winemaker Austin Hope. It’s a blend of four different varietals, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way. A nose of fresh wild berries is nicely edged with vanilla and caramel accents. The palate offers rich dark fruit flavors, with a long and silky French-vanilla finish.
Quinta de Azevedo 2018 Vinho Verde (Portugal) $11.99 Portugal’s famous ‘green wine’ is made from native varietals Loureiro and Alvarinho. This wine has crisp, refreshing flavors of starfruit, Fuji apple and lime, with bracing acidity and a wonderful touch of tingling effervescense.
Frescobaldi 2014 Nipozzano Chianti Rufina (Tuscany, Italy) $21.99 The Frescobaldi Family have produced exceptional Sangiovese wines from the Nipozzano Estate in the Chianti Rufina sub-zone of the Chianti region for over a century, each one a faithful expression of the unique soils and terroir of the estate. The 2014 has a smooth, silky texture and fine complexity of flavor, yet still retains the signature earthiness of classic Tuscan Chianti.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364