Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
With the calendar’s turn to February this week, Valentine’s Day is just a short ways off and romance will soon be in the air. You can get an early start on getting your romantic thing going this week right here in Downtown Yuma. Saturday evening, February 8th, the Yuma Civic Orchestra conducted by Janet Jones and Abigail Spaulding will perform a collection of romantic themed music for an evening you won’t want to miss. The performance is at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The Orchestra will be joined by the String Ambassadors, Young String Ambassadors and Twinklers. Tickets are $15.00 with assigned seating; doors open at 6:00 PM. Call the Art Center Box Office at 373-5202 to reserve yours (tickets will also be available at the door). And take your ticket on the night of the concert to Prison Hill Brewing Co. right next door and receive a 10% discount off your bill (each patron must show their own ticket to receive the discount). It’ll be a great way to get in the mood for romance, especially after wine tasting at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Dr. H. Thanisch 2012 Estate Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $17.99 This Estate Riesling from one of the Mosel Valley’s finest producers is just like biting into a juicy, crunchy apple, with a dash of citrus plus a hint of minerally slate thrown in. A superb partner with lighter cuisines, and a wonderful apéritif wine all by itself.
Damilano 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $22.99 Damilano Nebbiolo exudes a rich, alluring bouquet of ripe raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays a classic varietal character of ripe red cherries accented by accents of dry herbs, earth and cedar, carried on an elegantly smooth and silky tannic frame.
Shoo Fly 2015 Shiraz (South Australia) $12.99 Shoo Fly opens with hints of spicy red berry fruits, plums and mint. In the mouth it’s a succulent thunderbolt of pure Shiraz, right to the last sip. Showing plenty of brawn as well as a surprising degree of finesse, it culminates with an irresistable “have another glass” finish.
Creta Roble 2016 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $15.99 Creta Roble is 100% Tempranillo from 60 year-old vineyards. A deep purple in the glass, this offers an exotic bouquet of espresso, incense and ripe blackcurrants. It’s full-bodied on the palate, with a savory, fruity richness and a nicely spicy finish.
Gérard Bertrand 2015 Art de Vivre (Rhone Valley, France) $19.99 A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, Art de Vivre opens with aromas of spices, dark fruit, fennel and a hint of black olives. In the mouth it’s smooth and easy to drink, with polished, supple tannins that support black cherry, plum and wild raspberry flavors. Hints of balsamic and espresso add interest, along with a dash of minerality to enliven the finish.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 The Pergola Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $24.99 This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit. Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with floral and spice elements adding to its abundantly ripe black fruit flavors. It’s a big and bold, yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
The Calling 2017 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $32.99 This Pinot Noir offer classic varietal flavors of fresh cherries, earthy hints of mushroom and delicate spice notes, supported by fine acidity, a silky texture and firm tannins. It’s a superb example of a “cool-climate” Pinot from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley AVA.
Liquid Light 2018 Washington State Sauvignon Blanc $14.99 This wine is all about balancing the lively acidity and showing off the vibrant fruit of Washington State Sauvignon Blanc. The aroma and the palate are both redolent of pineapple, lime zest and pink grapefruit. The wine’s light texture reveals hints of honeydew melon, with a slight touch of minerality.
Chateau Petit Clos du Roy 2015 Montagne-Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, France) $17.99 Black plum and mixed berry aromas mingle on the nose. A pleasant hint of sweet spice swirls amid the upfront black fruit flavors on the palate, with a fresh, food-friendly acidity and firm tannins. A fine “Right Bank” blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Rogue Brewing Double Chocolate Stout (Newport, Oregon) $13.99 This Oregon stout pours pitch-black, with a creamy two-finger beige head. The nose is huge; dark chocolate with hints of oats and vanilla. Dark, lightly bitter chocolate flavors dominate, with notes of toffee, vanilla, oats and roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy, with medium carbonation.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364