Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend, and of course that means Easter dinner. You know you’re going to be fixing something special for the dinner table Sunday, and that means you’ll need some equally special wines to go with it. We specialize in that part of the equation, so be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar sometime this week and we’ll be happy to help you pick out a nice bottle or two to go with your Easter dinner!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Zaca Mesa 2013 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley) $15.99
Once found only in a small region in the Rhone River Valley of southern France, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal. This fresh, delicious white exudes scents of spring wildflowers and tangerines and delivers bright flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and citrus fruits.
Miraflores 2011 Mourvedre (El Dorado County) $24.99
Mourvedre is a frequent component of red blends, but is rarely seen all by itself. Ripe red raspberry and blackberry fruit aromas are accented with hints of sandalwood, anise and white pepper. The flavors are deliciously pure and expressive, framed by well integrated tannins.
Shoo Fly 2013 Shiraz (South Australia) $14.99
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 plety of brawn as well as finesse, it culminates with an irresistable “have another glass” finish.
Valley of the Moon 2011 Orbiter Red (Sonoma County) $15.99
The Orbiter combines Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah to make a wine with ripe, plush fruit and supple tannins. Aromas of raspberry and plum swirl amid savory spice notes. Ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors blend beautifully in a polished, long and satisfying finish.
Tacora 2010 Gran Reserva (Colchagua Valley, Chile) $22.99
Tacora’s Grran Reserva is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot grapes sourced from the Colchagua Valley, Chile’s premier winegrowing region. It’s packed with bold black fruit flavors of berries, plums and currants supported by a strong, balanced tannic frame.
Luigi Righetti 2010 Amarone Classico Capitel de’Roari (Veneto, Italy) $39.99
Amarone is produced from the same native grape varietals as Valpolicella, the basic table red of northern Italy’s Veneto region. But to make Amarone, the best grapes are air-dried for up to three months before pressing, creating a wine with far more richness and flavor complexity than any standard Valpolicella – incomparably rich, yet fully dry.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Il Moline di Grace 2009 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $20.99
This Classico offers aromas of crushed cherries, plus undertones of coffee and fennel on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced, with velvety tannins that are wrapped around a juicy, fruity core. Black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors mix with hints of spice on a long finish.
Rutherford Ranch 2013 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $15.99
This is classic California Chardonnay, with floral and fruit scents of pineapple, apricot, lemon meringue and apple complemented by notes of hazelnut and spice. It’s buttery and rich on the palate, with fresh, juicy fruit plus a note of spicy vanilla from oak aging.
Kenwood 2012 Zinfandel, Jack London Vineyard (Sonoma County) $19.99
Kenwood’s Jack London Vineyard is sited high on Sonoma Mountain. A southeasterly exposure and long cool growing season of this site creates complexity and balance in the fruit. This elegant Zin comes off fresh and fruity, with fine acidity supporting dark cherry, raspberry, plum and vanilla flavors.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve (Douro Valley, Portugal) $19.99
This wine is like an entire fruit stand of berries, baked up in an aromatic pie crust, loaded with mild spices and accompanied by dark chocolate, a bowl of cherries and a strong cup of espresso. A rich and delicious Port, this ably confirms Cockburn’s reputation as one of Portugal’s premier Port houses.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (Bavaria, Germany) $3.99
This Dunkelweizen (dark wheat beer) pours a cloudy light brown. The nose offers a fine mix of wheat, banana, bread and spices. The flavors mirror the aromas beautifully, with a solid malty backbone plus a touch of citrusy fruit. The texture is smooth and creamy, with just a light touch of tongue-tingling carbonation.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364