Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
It’s hard to believe we’re on the verge of Thanksgiving this early in November, but the calendar doesn’t lie… This week will be business as usual at the Old Town Wine Cellar, with the exception of course that the shop will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22nd. But we will of course be open our usual hours the Friday and Saturday after, so be sure to make it by the Cellar to stock up on good wine (and beer) for the holiday family feasts to come. And take some time while you’re here to sample this week’s selections!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
King Estate 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $18.99 A vibrant and delicious Pinot Gris, with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of ripe pears, white peaches and orange blossoms reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest. The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.
Austin Hope Cellars 2015 Love & Hope Rosé (Paso Robles) $9.99 As two of the finest tastemakers in the business, Winemaker Austin Hope and Chef Tim Love came together to create a rosé that’s everything it ought to be – crisp and dry, yet satisfying. How you finish the bottle is up to you – just chill it down and you’re good to go!
Villa Antinori 2013 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99 Villa Antinori is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori. The wine’s bouquet offers scents of sweet fruit and a hint of spicy oak. Black cherry and cassis fruit dominates the palate, with a touch of dark chocolate.
Black Ink Proprietary Red (California) $11.99 Black Ink is a juicy and fruit-filled blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Zinfandel. The best description is liquid blackberry cobbler enhanced with flavors of black plums and licorice, coming to a rich, lip-smacking finish.
Carol Shelton 2014 Wild Thing Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $19.99 The “Wild Thing” is actually very well-balanced, velvet textured and multi-layered. Bright, brambly raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, with smooth tannins and fresh acidity that keep this savory Mendocino Zin super-lively and delicious through the finish.
Alejandro Fernández 2014 Tinto Pesquera (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $32.99 This Tempranillo opens with deeply scented tones of ripe blueberries and plums, complemented by hints of cedar and roasted coffee. The palate shows outstanding depth, offering layers of ripe black plum and currant fruit flavors on a solid, gripping tannic frame.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Whitehall Lane 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $39.99 This is a classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet, offering a vivid bouquet of dark fruits and cassis aromas accented by hints of cedar and vanilla. Deep, rich fruit flavors on the palate are beautifully conveyed on a silky tannic frame, coming to a lingering finish.
Tramin 2016 Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy) $14.99 This crisp, refreshing Pinot Grigio owes its character to the cooler, high-altitude vineyards of northern Italy’s Alto Adige province. Fermented and aged only in stainless steel, it offers exotic floral and citrus scents that lead on to a delicious mouthful of green apple and pear fruit.
Famiglia Pasqua 2015 Passimento Rosso (Veneto, Italy) $17.99 Essentially a turbo-charged Valpolicella, this is made with partially dried grapes to concentrate flavors prior to fermentation. It contains some Merlot in addition to the indigenous Corvina and Croatina grapes to add smoothness. The result is a rich, succulent wine with flavors of cherry jam, plums and spice that are savory and dry.
Ommegang Mother of Dragons Ale (Cooperstown, New York) $11.99 The latest release in Ommegang’s Game of Thrones series of beers for 2018, the Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherries intertwine with a subtle smoke-and-roasted-malt character. Tart cherry flavors upfront lead to a rich palate of semi-sweet chocolate and subtle smoke notes, with a luxuriously creamy and full mouthfeel.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364