Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, January 25th, the Yuma Art Center and ELS Properties 2013 Concert Series presents Jay and the Americans in concert at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.) They’re a real blast from the past for me; when I was nine or ten I thought the song “Come a Little Bit Closer” was the
coolest tune ever written. Heck, I still like it a lot, not that I hear it very often. Acording to the playbill, Jay & the boys charted twelve top-ten singles between 1962 and 1971. I can remember maybe two, but oh well. There are
still three original band members and they’re now on their third Jay, who is “probably the best yet.” There you go. You would be plain stupid to miss this show. Admission is just $22; advance tickets can be had from the Yuma Art
Center box office, the Yuma Civic Center box office or the Yuma Parks and Recreation customer service counter. The concert starts at 7:00 PM, so you’ll
have plenty of time for a wine tasting at the Cellar prior to the show. See you down here!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass:
Trivento 2012 Torrontés Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) $11.99
The obscure Torrontés grape makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and it has become the signature white of Argentina. This one is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that are the trademark of the varietal.
L. A. Cetto 2006 Nebbiolo Reserva (Valle de Guadelupe, México)
This Baja California red was aged in French oak for 12 months and
bottle-aged another two years. It has an intense ruby-red color with flashes of garnet, flavors of ripe plums and black cherries, and undertones of cedar, vanilla, spice and oak. The palate is velvety and dry.
Saracina 2009 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) $29.99
Scents of sweet Bing cherries, raspberries, wildflowers and a slight earthiness make a compelling, perfumed nose. The palate offers elegance and balance, with supple tannins and fine length. This truly reflects its source, coming from a vineyard that seems more Burgundian than New World, and an appellation now being recognized as among the world’s best for Pinot Noir.
Nicholas Catena 2010 Vista Flores Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $15.99
The grapes for this wine were Sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza. True to the varietal, it’s a juicy, mouth-filling red with deep, dark flavors of plum, currant and blackberry. A good degree of
minerality and complex spice and pepper elements enliven the finish.
Terre de Trinci 2009 Cajo Rosso del Umbria (Umbria, Italy) $17.99
The Cajo is an equal blend of Sagrantino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is aged for 18 months in barrel and another 6 months in bottle prior to release. The result is a rich and satisfying red, with a striking mix of floral and blackberry fruit flavors framed with firm, gripping tannins.
Newton 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $22.99
This Napa Cab shows expressive aromas of spicy black cherry and ripe blackberry, with light hints of cedar and mocha. The mouthfilling flavors of juicy black and red fruits laced with clove and allspice, hang on through the lengthy finish. Silky, ripe tannins structure the wine and contribute to a smooth, plush texture on the palate.
Quattro Mani 2010 Barbera (Piedmont, Italy) $9.99
Quattro Mani is a fine example of an ‘every day’ Barbera from Italy’s
Piedmont region, with delicious hints of blackberries and spice on the nose and pleasant oak scents from 12 months of of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with juicy, concentrated dark cherry and berry flavors and a light touch of spice.
Schweiger Vineyards 2008 Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $24.99
This is an elegant, full bodied Chardonnay with true varietal character. It offers vivid flavors of pear, citrus and apricot, with undertones of toasty oak and tropical fruit. The body is rich and supple, filling the mouth with flavor, but a distinct mineral character makes this wine more reminiscent of a classic French Meursault than a typical California Chardonnay.
Phoenix Ale Brewery Ironwood Imperial Porter (Phoenix, Arizona) $5.99
Intense roasty malt flavors suggest dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, stewed
dark fruit and more. The roasted malt character dominates this full-bodied brew, but it’s nicely balanced by a nice degree of hoppy bitterness for the Imperial Porter style.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364