Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day! As I’ve said for many years now, a nice bottle of bubbly, sweet wine or whatever other kind of wine your sweetheart loves the most makes a great (and easy!) Valentine’s gift for that special someone. We have lots of great wines to choose from here at the Wine Cellar, so don’t forget to stop by before Saturday evening.
And speaking of Mardi Gras: The Fort Yuma Rotary Club’s annual Mardi Gras on Main Block Party takes place Friday, February 13th on the Main Street Plaza right here in Historic Downtown. The party goes from 5 to 11 PM, with live music and lots of other activities, plus plenty of food and beverage options. Get your beads and feathers out of the closet and come on down to Old Town this Friday evening!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Piattelli 2013 Torrontés (Cafayate Valley, Argentina) $14.99
The Torrontés grape makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and it has become the signature white wine of Argentina. This version is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that the varietal is known for.
Byron 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) $22.99
This opens with aromas of dark berry and cherry fruit accented by floral and mineral tones. The flavor profile is a core of rich black fruits edged with hints of earth and Asian spices. The vivid aromas and flavors of its premium cool-climate fruit are enhanced by deft winemaking.
Castel del Remei 2011 Gotim Bru (Costers del Segre, Spain) $14.99
This savory red blend from the Costers del Segre region of northeastern Spain is a mix of Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. Intense flavors of ripe dark fruits gain a nice degree of complexity from a mix of balsamic notes and sweet spice accents.
Santo Tomás 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Guadelupe Valley, Mexico) $17.99
This Baja Cabernet is a bright, medium-bodied red with a nose of fresh red fruits and savory spice notes. The palate offers a nice mix of black cherry and wild berry fruit, with light tannins and good acidity.
Seghesio 2012 Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $22.99
This acclaimed 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.
Chateau Greysac 2010 Médoc (Bordeaux, France) $24.99
Chateau Greysac is vinted mostly from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus small additions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The nose has aromas of black currants and dried flowers. The wine is full-bodied on the palate, with abundant dark cherry and plum fruit.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Goose Ridge 2010 G3 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $14.99
This Cabernet offers scents of bright cherry, currant and raspberry, plus hints of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, flavors of black cherries and plums come to a lingering finish. Polished tannins, a moderate palate weight and balanced acidity make this easy to drink.
Gloria Ferrer Private Cuvée Brut (Sonoma County) $17.99
The Private Cuvée is a blend of 91% Pinot Noir and 9% Chardonnay, estate-grown and hand-harvested from Sonoma’s cool Carneros region. Delicate pear and floral scents are enlivened by hints of toasty almond. In the mouth, lively citrus, toast and green apple flavors ride along on a persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and a rich, toasty finish.
Wine Guerrilla 2010 Zinfandel, Conte Vineyard (Russian River Valley) $29.99
This is a delicious ‘field blend’ of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Carignan. A deep nose of spicy cherry pie has hints of tobacco and leather. Give it 15 minutes to open, and you’ll be rewarded with well-integrated tannins and rich, complex flavors of black cherry, plum and peppery spice with a touch of espresso. Only 120 cases produced.
Coachella Valley Brewing Kölschella Ale (Thousand Palms, California) $5.99
The Kölschella is a Kölsch-style golden ale that’s fermented warm and then lagered to create a crisply clean, refreshing brew. It’s light in body with a pale gold hue, adorned with a creamy head. A pleasant bitterness is from the use of imported German hops like Hallertauer, Mittelfrüh and Tettnanger.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364