Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just in case you weren’t aware, this Sunday, February 4th brings us the Super Bowl. You know you’re probably going to watch, and along with that you’ll either be hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one. All manner of food will be consumed before, during and after the big game, and of course some accompanying beverages, including (if not mostly) beer and wine. The Old Town Wine Cellar doesn’t stock Bud Light, or wine coolers and such, but if you’re (hopefully) looking for somewhat more sophisticated options in both categories, the Wine Cellar is the place to go to stock up for the parties to come. Even if your team comes up short, it’s always a great social occasion, and that calls for some good libations to share with friends and family. So be sure to stop by the Cellar before the game arrives Sunday!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Bogle Vineyards 2016 Phantom Chardonnay (Clarksburg) $16.99 This Chardonnay entices with its rich layers. Green apple and pear aromas transform into spicy flavors of fresh baked apple pie, and barrel fermentation imparts a creamy and luscious mouthfeel. French oak aging adds notes of vanilla and melted caramel.
Martin Ray 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) $18.99 100% Pinot Noir, this wine spent 8 months in French oak. It shows a wonderful bright ruby color, and offers aromas of wild berry fruit with a light touch of earth. The flavors are full of cherry and raspberry with a soft finish – a perfect match with grilled salmon.
- Lohr 2014 South Ridge Syrah (Paso Robles) $14.99 Sourced from the sunny south-facing slopes of J. Lohr’s South Ridge Vineyard in Paso Robles, the grapes easily achieve full ripeness, resulting in a Syrah that’s bursting with rich dark fruit flavors and subtle spices tones.
Château du Caillau 2015 Malbec (Cahors, France) $17.99 Cahors in southwest France has been renowned since the Middle Ages for its ultra-dark, high-tannin Malbecs – the “Black Wine of Cahors.” Philippe Bernede’s family has produced Malbec there for six generations, but he now crafts his wines in a more modern style that mixes rich blackberry and currant fruit with a solid tannic structure and subtle smoky nuances.
Paxton Vineyards 2013 MV Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $19.99 Paxton’s 2013 MV, a blend of fruit from four of their estate vineyards, is classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. The nose shows powerful, lifted ripe berry fruit, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate, plenty of rich, juicy dark fruit is edged with hints of licorice, chocolate and toasty oak.
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Merlot (Napa Valley) $39.99 This is aromatic and expressive on the nose with blackberry jam, fresh roast coffee, dark chocolate, fennel, subtle cigar box and a hint of pepper. It’s rich and full-bodied in the glass, offering blackberry preserve, black cherry, black currants, spice box and cracked pepper flavors.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Pahlmeyer 2014 Proprietary Red (Napa Valley) $179.99 Pahlmeyer’s Proprietary Red is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon along with some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Beautifully pure fruit, velvety tannins, a lush mouthfeel and vividly rich black currant, plum and dark cherry fruit are enhanced with Asian spices and smoky oak tones. It’s all capped off by wonderfully polished and truly gorgeous finish.
Argiolas 2015 Vermentino Costamolino (Sardinia, Italy) $11.99 Vermentino is a native Italian varietal that makes a really nice alternative to Pinot Grigio. This Sardinian version shows a surprising degree of complexity, offering a delicious mix of citrus, green apple and pineapple flavors edged with ginger and hazelnuts.
Qupé 2014 Syrah (Central Coast) $19.99 This is a vibrant Syrah, overflowing with ripe black fruit on the nose, followed up by notes of pepper and oak. Vivid fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and stewed plums are tinged with accents of mocha, expresso and cinnamon that come to a firm, lingering finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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