Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The pace is slowing just a bit here in Yuma, post-Fair Week and heading into April. But we still have several months worth of beautiful days to enjoy before our notorious summer weather finally kicks in. Historic Downtown Yuma is a great place to enjoy a mellow spring afternoon or evening, and the Old Town Wine Cellar is a must if you do head downtown. It’s wine tasting every week day, or just a glass of whatever suits you best. And of course we keep a good selection of chilled craft brews and imports on hand as well. So put a trip to Historic Downtown in the near future on your agenda, and be sure to drop in at the Cellar when you do!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
Seghesio 2012 Arneis (Russian River Valley) $19.99
Arneis is an ancient grape varietal, long grown only in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. This rare California version is a fresh, crisp, and floral white with bright flavors of peach, apricot and citrus. The dry finish is bracingly clean, with a hint of almonds and a tangy minerality.
Run Riot 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Coast) $17.99
The grapes for Run Riot Pinot come from premium vineyards in Arroyo Seco, Santa Maria Valley, San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. The combination of fruit from such diverse locales on the Central Coast creates a wine with a savory dark fruit and spice character and a soft, silky mouthfeel.
Celler de Capçanes 2012 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain) $12.99
Mas Picosa is a blend of organically grown old vine Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (30%). It shows beautifully concentrated dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry. Lush and velvety, the wine has a satisfying plummy richness and very smooth texture.
Bell Wine Cellars 2014 Big Guy Red (California) $15.99
Big Guy Red is a ‘bistro blend’ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, punched up with a dose of Syrah. A wine with plenty of tasty dark fruit character, a nice touch of sweet oak and moderate tannins, it’s a great choice for everyday enjoyment.
Twenty Rows 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley) $22.99
This is an elegant, balanced Napa Merlot, made with fruit sourced from prime Valley vineyards. It opens with a rich bouquet of black cherries, plus a note of vanilla from oak barrel aging. A vibrant fruit character of black cherry and wild berry fruit flavors is framed by smooth and supple tannins.
Trivento 2012 Golden Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $24.99
Trivento’s Golden Reserve offers rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black olives, violets and fennel. The palate is smooth and plush, with vivid layers of cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by cocoa, cedar and licorice notes on a muscular finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Benziger 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $18.99
Softly textured, rich in flavor and moderate in tannins, this is a supple and full-bodied Cabernet with generous flavors of berries, cedar, green olives and dark chocolate. A light degree of toast from oak aging gives additional complexity to a polished finish.
Skyfall Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley) $14.99
On the nose this Washington State Pinot Gris gives a first impression of restrained pineapple, peach, apricot, and light floral aromas on top of a clean flinty note. The palate offers bright flavors of stone fruits and citrus, with a finely etched minerality that frames a crisp and refreshing finish.
Skyfall Vineyard 2012 Merlot (Columbia Valley) $15.99
The Skyfall Vineyard Merlot is a savory red with a complex bouquet of ripe dark cherry, pomegranate and plum scents, followed by intricately woven flavors of raspberries and black plums. Smooth, supple tannins carry all that generous fruit to a long, silky finish.
Southern Tier Brewing Crème Brulée Stout (New York State) $11.99
This incredibly dark rich beer pours with a thick, creamy head. The aroma leaps out from the glass: intoxicatingly sweet, creamy and uncannily true to the name-sake dessert. Enjoy this with – or as – your favorite after-dinner treat!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364