Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday and Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd, Old Town Yuma will be the scene of the 34th Annual Yuma Art Symposium. It’s a “total immersion art weekend” with exhibitions and workshops by internationally recognized and emerging visual artists with a range of expertise in media such as metals, clay, papermaking, painting & drawing, sculpture, wood, photography and more. It’s gotten to be a pretty big deal over the years, and now attracts some really talented artists from all over the country. For much more info about this year’s Symposium events and schedule, visit www.yumasymposium.org.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass:
Miraflores 2011 Pinot Grigio (Sierra Foothills) $15.99
This is a superbly crisp Pinot Grigio with a beautiful floral nose, revealing hints of honeyed melon, orange rind and white pear. Juicy apple, white pear and citrus flavors mingle vividly on the palate, with a rich, creamy undertone and a hint of dried herbs.
Babich 2010 Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand) $16.99
Rich dark fruit and herbal notes intertwine with vanilla accents and hints of
spice on the nose. This Pinot seems slightly sweet at the first sip, with a fruit-driven character that extends the length of the palate. But the bright black
cherry and raspberry fruit reveals a savory complexity on the finish.
Quattro Mani 2010 Barbera (Piedmont, Italy) $9.99
Quattro Mani is a fine example of an ‘every day’ Barbera from Italy’s
Piedmont, with delicious hints of blackberries and spice on the nose and
pleasant oak notes from 12 months aging in barrel. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with concentrated dark cherry and berry flavors and a light touch of spice.
Brophy Clark 2008 GSM (Santa Ynez Valley) $17.99
This “GSM” blends three classic Rhone grape varietals – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – from three different vineyards. The result is a rich, expressive red, with deliciously ripe raspberry, boysenberry and plum fruit flavors accented by subtle notes of spice.
Atrea 2007 Old Soul Red (Mendocino County) $21.99
Old Soul Red is a Mendocino blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec. The wine’s bouquet reveals ripe red raspberry and blackberry fruit, along with accents of sandalwood, anise and white pepper. The flavors are deliciously ripe and expressive, framed by supple, well integrated tannins.
Girard 2010 Artistry (Napa Valley) $39.99
The Artistry is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot grapes hand-harvested from select Napa Valley vineyards. The finished wine is aged 2 years in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a rich, full palate with flavors of ripe dark cherry, blackberry and cassis, accented by subtle hints of dark chocolate and espresso.
Ernesto Catena 2009 Siesta Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99
Catena’s Siesta Malbec offers bright, pure aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black olives, violets and licorice. The palate is velvety and plush, with layers of cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by cocoa, cedar and licorice notes on a muscular finish.
Schweiger Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Ubaldi Vineyard (Sonoma County) $17.99
This is a bright, lively Sauvignon Blanc with an enticing mix of fresh
grapefruit, kiwi, lime and fresh-cut grass aromas. The palate is tangy and balanced, with additional notes of pineapple, gooseberries and minerals that swirl their way to a refreshing finish.
Castello Banfi 2009 BelnerO (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99
Banfi’s BelnerO is primarily Sangiovese, with small additions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose offers fruity notes of blackberries and spicy hints of tobacco and coffee. In the mouth, this wine is powerful, warm and soft, ending with a savory note of vanilla.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364