Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday evening, March 23rd, the Foothills Optimist Club will present their annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser on the grounds of the Sanguinetti House Museum (240 S. Madison Ave.) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It’s the club’s annual benefit event to raise funds for their ongoing youth programs, and they’re always a lot of fun. We used to do them here at the Wine Cellar, but the change in venue to the Sanguinetti House Museum grounds allows everyone to sample the wines (along with lots of great appetizers) while enjoying our mellow Yuma spring weather in a beautiful, garden-like setting. Give Mary Ann Moreno a call at 580-7293 to order tickets ($25 per person, or $20 for groups of four or more), and tickets will also be available at the door. Of course yours truly selected and will pour the wines Saturday evening, so I hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Kings Ridge 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $13.99 Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character. On the palate, juicy orchard fruits and zesty citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. This finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp mineral essence.
Francis Coppola 2017 Diamond Collection Pinot Noir (Oregon) $18.99 Light and stylish, this Oregon Pinot Noir has a freshly picked quality, with lively acidity. It’s fruit-forward in character, with a satiny and supple texture. Thanks to careful barrel selection, accents of grilled almonds and toasted bread are nicely integrated into the flavor matrix.
Line 39 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon $14.99 The 2016 Line 39 Cabernet exhibits rich fruit flavors of currant and blackberry, plus a hint of mint. The tannins are relatively easy, but provide enough edge to give the wine good structure and palate grip. A fresh, balanced acidity allows the clean finish to linger nicely.
Elderton 2014 Shiraz-Cabernet (Barossa Valley, Australia) $17.99 This 76% Shiraz &24% Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa blend offers a spicy nose of cloves, vanilla and cinnamon with a baked blueberry core. The juicy plum, dark cherry, cassis and vanilla flavors on the palate are nicely framed with velvety tannins.
Dave Phinney Locations California Red $19.99 Dave Phinney’s Locations is a blend of fruit sourced from diverse California regions, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the Sierra Foothills. It’s made from Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache. The wine is loaded with intensely ripe berry fruit along with pepper and herbal notes and a light touch of toasty oak – savory, luscious and opulent.
Napa Cellars 2015 Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $24.99 The Napa Cellars 2015 Zin was sourced from vineyards in the warmer areas of Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga. It has bright aromas of fresh berry compote, black cherry, plum and sweet vanilla. Ripe raspberry, blackberry and cherry flavors are enlivened with hints of clove, star anise and baking spice, culminating in a memorable finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Beringer 2015 Quantum Red (Napa Valley) $39.99 Each vintage of Beringer’s Quantum showcases the traditional Bordeaux varietals, with a strong foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 20 months, and then allowed to integrate and gain complexity in the bottle for twelve more months prior to release. It’s a deliciously rich and complex Napa Valley blend.
Chateau Ducasse 2017 Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux, France) $17.99 Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of 60% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, sourced from vines that are up to 50 years old. The wine was aged in stainless steel for six months. Rich and aromatic, this pairs particularly well with seafood, shellfish and poultry dishes.
Route Stock 2017 Route 116 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $24.99 Route Stock Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed by subtle hints of earthy truffle and spice. Precise and clean, the wine offers a pleasing palate of ripe dark cherry fruit edged with a subtle hint of tobacco leaf.
Huyghe Brewery La Guillotine Ale (Belgium) $11.99 This Tripel-style ale is from the celebrated Huyghe brewery in Melle, Belgium, producers of the renowned Delirium beers. It’s a gold-amber, multi-grain beer made with Saaz, Brewers Gold and Amarillo hops. An initially sweet, intense taste gains a nicely bitter quality on the finely balanced finish.
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265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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