Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, March 12th, the Yuma Area Art Educators Association hosts their annual art auction at the Yuma Art Center in Historic Downtown (254 S. Main Street). Everyone is welcome and invited to attend, as a number of professional artworks created and donated by local artists will be displayed and auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting educational and materials scholarships for aspiring young artists in our community. The event gets started with viewing and entertainment at 5:00PM, with the Auction commencing and hors d’oeuvres served at 6:00PM. For more info, call 928-580-7417. Check it out!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
Chateau de Fontenille 2014 Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux, France) $14.99
A traditional “White Bordeaux” blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Gris, 20% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle, this wine has fresh and snappy aromas of peaches, limes and lemons. It offers a refreshingly crisp and zesty character with a bracingly clean finish.
Chateau de Fontenille 2011 Grand Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France) $14.99
This Bordeaux red blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet has notes of blackberry and black currant plus savory accents of toasted oak. The palate is balanced and refined, with solid tannins and pleasant hints of espresso and spice.
Villa Antinori 2012 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
Villa Antinori is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori. The wine’s bouquet offers scents of sweet fruit and a hint of spicy oak. Black cherry and cassis fruit dominates the palate, with a touch of dark chocolate.
19 Crimes 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (South Eastern Australia) $11.99
This Aussie Cabernet opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet, edged with notes of spearmint and toasty oak. It’s a lush, smooth and balanced red in the mouth, with an abundance of ripe dark fruit supported by smooth, soft tannins.
Ernesto Catena 2013 Tahuan Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99
Ernesto Catena’s Tahuan offers bright, pure aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, black olive, violets and licorice. The palate is velvety and plush, with layers of cherry, fig and raspberry fruit flavors followed by notes of cocoa, cedar and licorice that linger on the muscular finish.
Tres Sabores 2012 ¿Por qué no? (Napa Valley) $24.99
¿Por que no? is the quintessential party, picnic, barbecue or bistro red, thanks to the spirited joy it brings to the palate. A blend of 56% Zinfandel and 31% Petite Sirah plus splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it’s a zesty, fruity and very tasty quaffer.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Penfold’s 2013 Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz (South Australia) $49.99
Bin 389 is an Australian ‘Grand Vin’, a selection of the finest lots sourced from the best vineyards. It’s supple, expressive and beautifully refined, with a fine balance between vibrant acidity and silky tannins. The finish is smooth and spicy, with a rich and savory elegance.
Selbach 2014 Riesling Spatlese (Saar, Germany) $21.99
This rushes the palate with explosive white peach, apple, pear and citrus flavors, plus hints of red fruits and a touch of banana. A vivid thread of stony minerality and spritzy, tongue-tingling acidity unfolds to complete the package. It’s a wine that tastes like pure nature…
Siciliana 2013 Italian Red (Sicily, Italy) $9.99
The Sicilia is made from Nero d’Avola, a red grape native to Sicily. It has a classic dry, spicy Italian character that makes it a perfect match with a wide range of Italian cuisine, and a fine partner as well for anything from burgers to tacos.
Flora Springs 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley) $24.99
This Merlot is sourced from Flora Springs’ estate vineyard in Rutherford (75%), along with fruit from owned vineyards in Pope Valley (16%) and Oakville (9%). Blending fruit from these diverse regions of Napa creates a wine with a vibrant dark fruit character in addition to a variety of spices and other complex flavors.
Unibroue Grande Réserve 17 (Quebec, Canada) $14.99
This award-winning Canadian dark ale is as complex as an Escher staircase. Weighing in at 10% ABV and aged on French oak, the beer offers a wealth of cocoa, caramel; marzipan and vanilla character, with excellent depth and without excessive sweetness. A slightly dry finish is tinged with a light spiciness.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364