Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday and Sunday, January 11th & 12th, more than a dozen Old West re-enactment groups ride into Old Town for a “showdown” at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. It’ll be the 16th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters, and it’s always a lot of fun.
The admission price ($8 for those 14 and older, $3 for kids age 7-13 and free for 6 and under) includes the re-enactment competition by all of the groups plus full access to the entire Prison Park. There will be plenty of food & drink (sorry, vittles & libations) options and a variety of Western wares and wear to check out. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days, with the re-enactors performing 20 minute skits throughout the day. The weather should be great, so come down to Old Town this weekend and catch some spirited gunfights at the Prison!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:
Bertani 2011 Velante Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy) $12.99
This begins with bright aromas of orchard fruits like apple and pear, along with floral tones and a hint of bitter orange peel. The palate shows an intensity and persistence that’s rarely found in Pinot Grigio. It’s fresh, dry and flavorful, with a crisp finish.
Cambria 2011 Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley) $22.99
Julia’s Vineyard was planted in 1991 in the heart of the Santa Maria bench of northern Santa Barbara County. The 2011 vintage is classic Central Coast Pinot Noir, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. An underlying earthiness balances the sweet fruit, along with a hint of cinnamon.
Jacob’s Creek 2012 Red Blend (South Australia) $9.99
Jacob’s Creek Red is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Petite Verdot. The nose reveals candied red fruit scents plus hints of woodspice and mint. It’s soft and silky in the mouth, with plenty of ripe black fruit and a touch of dark chocolate.
Las Rocas 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas (Calatayud, Spain) $17.99
Conditions are perfect in Spain for the heat-loving Grenache varietal; the result is a wine that offers wonderfully savory flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and peppery spice. This one was produced from vines that are up to 100 years of age. It’s richly flavored, with mineral notes that reflect the depths the roots have reached in the parched Spanish soils.
Livio Felluga 2009 Vertigo (Friuli, Italy) $21.99
This Friulian blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offers an intensely fruity and spicy nose of cherry, currant, blackberry and blueberry, framed with sweet herbs and licorice. The palate is richly vibrant and finely structured, with silky tannins.
Zenato 2009 Valpolicella Ripassa (Veneto, Italy) $29.99
This Ripassa opens with aromas of juicy black plums and coffee-scented spice. In the mouth, a ripe core of juicy currant and black plum fruit is accented with elements of spice and toasted oak. It’s a rich and mouth-filling red, with fine, fruit-drenched tannins and a clean, lingering, mineral and spice finish.
Match Book 2010 Tempranillo (Dunnigan Hills) $15.99
The Tempranillo grape, native to Spain, produces a noticeably spicy ine, full of juicy red raspberry and cherry fruit. The addition of small portions of Petite Sirah and Graciano contribute depth, structure and richness to this delicious table red.
North Star 2009 Merlot (Columbia Valley) $34.99
Aged in French oak for 18 months, this has an alluring bouquet of dark cherry, currants and toast. The palate is superbly balanced, silky and elegant. Leaning heavily towards the more finesse-driven aspect of the wine spectrum, it displays smooth tannins with a moderate level of power and concentration.
Seghesio 2012 Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $19.99
This Sonoma Zin has an aromatic bouquet full of plum, blackberry and blueberry, with hints of red currants and black pepper. It’s a full-bodied wine with excellent structure that’s true to the varietal, nicely enhanced by a pleasant touch of toast on the palate.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364