Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, November 11th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will slip in another of our occasional Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings, before the impending holiday season starts revving up. As always, we’ll present a diverse selection of great American craft beers and imported brews to sample for just a $5 tasting fee. So come on down to the Wine Cellar Saturday afternoon if you can and give them a try!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Willakenzie 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character. On the palate, juicy orchard fruit and tangy citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. It finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp mineral essence.
Morgan 2014 12 Clones Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $29.99 The renowned Double L Vineyard provided the majority of the fruit; the rest is from Gary’s Vineyard, Rosella’s Vineyard and the Paraiso Vineyard. Aromas of black cherry, dark plum, mineral and exotic spice emerge on the nose, with matching flavors on the palate. Pure, deliciously ripe dark fruit is the core essence of this wine – truly a classic SLH Pinot.
Torres 2014 Sangre de Toro Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain) $9.99 This Spanish Grenache exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri. Dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones. It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness.
Ancient Peaks 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $17.99 100% sourced from the Margarita Ranch Vineyard, this Cabernet offers a distinctive bouquet of plums, raspberries, tobacco leaf and toasted oak. Rich, round flavors of dark cherries and black currants are enlivened with hints of olive, mint, black tea and spices. Chewy tannins set the stage for a long, satisfying finish.
Renato Ratti 2012 Barbera d’Asti Battaglione (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99 This is a ‘textbook’ Piedmontese Barbera, offering delicate scents of red berries and spices on the nose, with light oak accents from 12 months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with concentrated wild berry and plum fruit flavors accented with a pleasantly spicy and smoky edge.
Novy Family Winery 2015 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) $24.99
Novy’s 2015 Russian River Valley Zin offers expressive blackberry, black cherry and baking spice notes, with a touch of licorice. Full-boded, concentrated and purely fruited, it offers a gorgeous velvety texture, with a delightful burst of blackberry fruit on the long finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Oberon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County) $19.99 Oberon winemaker Tony Coltrin sources select lots of Napa County grapes that are chosen for their concentration of ripe, rich fruit and silky, supple tannins. Lush black cherry, dark wild berry and currant flavors are supported by warm and spicy accents of toasted oak.
Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne Premier Cru (Reims, France) $54.99 Duval-Leroy is one of the last family-owned Champagne houses in France. This is their finest non-vintage cuvée, a mixture of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. It shows complex yet juicy nectarine, pear and apple flavors, with a rich, deliciously toasty finish.
Saracco 2015 Pinot Noir (Piedmont, Italy) $17.99 Made with grapes grown in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, this Pinot Noir is light, fresh and savory, showing a delicate bouquet of dark fruits and spices. On the palate, true varietal flavors of black cherry and currant emerge on a soft, silky frame.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405