Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday and Sunday, January 31 & February 1st, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park proudly presents the 5th Annual Yuma Civil War Days. Civil War Days is a two-day, mock battle-filled historic tribute to the epic conflict of the 1860’s pitting the Union States of the North vs. the Confederate States of the South. While there were no Civil War battles in this area, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot was an active U.S. Army post during the time and provides an authentic military setting that matches the period. Civil War Days will have battles several times each day on the expansive grassy grounds of the Park by experienced re-enactment groups, along with blacksmith demonstrations, minstrel shows and live artillery demonstrations. Multiple food vendors will of course be on-site all day, with gates opening at 9 AM and closing at 5 PM both days. The very nominal cost is just $5 for adults and $3 for kids 7 to 13 (6 & under are free). For more info about event schedules, go to www.yumaheritage.com or call 373-5196. This has become a great annual event here in the Yuma winter season – don’t miss it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Mulderbosch 2011 Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa) $14.99
Abundant citrus and tropical fruit scents follow through to the lively palate of this alluring South African Chenin Blanc. It offers luscious flavors of pineapple, citrus and melon fruit plus delicate floral accents, along with spice tones from a light degree of oak aging.
Angeline 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve (Monterey County) $15.99
Angeline Pinot is produced by cold-soaking the crushed grapes and fermenting at lower temperatures, creating bright fruit character without harsh tannins. Aged in French oak for 10 months, this wine offers intense flavors of black cherries edged by earthy, spicy accents.
d’Arenberg 2011 Stump Jump Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $12.99
This opens with ripe mulberry and blackberry fruits swirling into heady aromas of anise and peppery spices. The palate offers ripe plums and raspberries, with the soft, rich texture that’s typical of McLaren Vale Shiraz. The finish is long and pleasing, with a hint of chocolate.
Cultivate The Feast 2010 California Red $19.99
A blend of premium fruit sourced from the Napa Valley, Alexander Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands, Cultivate The Feast is a rich and soft, yet well-structured Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.
Miraflores 2010 Barbera (El Dorado County) $24.99
Black cherry, dark chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla, cedar and an exotic note of alpine forest mingle on the palate of this rich, spicy and full-bodied red. It offers a fine measure of fresh, tangy acidity, typical of this emphatically food-friendly northern Italian varietal.
Beronia 2006 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $29.99
This Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected, premium Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, and is aged for five years before release. An aromatic nose offers accents of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The smooth, velvety palate offers abundant cherry and black plum fruit flavors, along with complex notes of tobacco and spice.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Château La Fleur Plaisance 2010 Montagne-Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, France) $17.99
This ‘Right Bank’ blend of 80% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc offers a polished texture and finely layered flavors. It opens with beautiful, perfumed scents of berries, red currants and gentle cinnamon-like spice. The palate offers a nice mix of black cherry and berry fruit.
Burgans 2012 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $14.99
This crisply dry and tangy Spanish white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear,citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, really mouthwatering finish.
Elouan 2013 Oregon Pinot Noir $22.99
Elouan Pinot Noir is sourced from Oregon’s three premier growing regions: Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley and Rogue River Valley. The wine shows a rich dark fruit character on the palate with a fine, silky texture and clean, refreshing acidity.
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (Petaluma, California) $5.99
The Cappuccino Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with the addition of lots and lots of really good coffee beans. It as dark as night, smooth, roasty, chocolatey, just slightly sweet, and 9.7 ABV to boot. It melds coffee, malts, hops and dark mocha accents into a deliciously satisfying whole.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364