Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, April 12th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will present another of our occasional Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings. We try to do at least one a month, but circumstances prevented us from having one in March. We’ll make up for this Saturday, and in the meantime we’ve gotten quite a few new brews in that you really need to try. The tasting fee is just $5, with all of the beers available by the glass as well. We’ll pour from noon to 5 PM Saturday, so be sure get yourself down to Historic Downtown this weekend to sample some great suds! And don’t forget wine tasting at the Cellar is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday…
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
The Seeker 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) $14.99
This Kiwi quaffer has aromas of zesty citrus and passion fruit, with a hint of fresh herbs. A vibrant palate offers a core of sweet fruit leading to a juicy finish. It’s ideally suited for shellfish, salads, citrus-sauced dishes, ocean voyages and lounging in the park on toasty summer days.
Monte Volpe 2012 Primo Rosso (Mendocino County) $11.99
Italian grape varietals were once an integral component of Mendocino County viticulture. Monte Volpe’s wines are crafted exclusively with grapes of Italian origin that are deep in color and rich in both fragrance and flavor. This is fruity and savory, with aromas and flavors of spicy plum and boysenberry.
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.
Gerard Bertrand 2011 Pic Saint Loup (Coteaux du Languedoc, France) $18.99
The village of Pic Saint Loup in the Coteaux du Languedoc region of southern France is famous for the quality and terroir of its wines. Flanked by limestone cliffs, with optimal sun exposure and warm prevailing Mediterranean winds, the soils produce rich and concentrated wines with vivid flavors of ripe dark fruits and accents of thyme and spices.
Kenwood 2012 Zinfandel, Jack London Vineyard (Sonoma County) $19.99
Jack London Vineyard is sited high on Sonoma Mountain. The southeasterly exposure and long, cool growing season of this site creates fine complexity and balance in the fruit. This elegant Zin comes off fresh and fruity, with good acidity supporting dark cherry, raspberry, plum and vanilla-accented flavors.
EnRoute 2013 Pinot Noir Les Pommiers (Russian River Valley) $39.99
From the producers of Napa’s Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel, this superb Russian River Valley Pinot exudes dark cherry, plum and raspberry aromas, with tobacco leaf and oak accents. In the mouth, layers of black and red fruits weave around finely integrated tannins. A palate-coating texture mixed with refreshing acidity creates great complexity and persistence.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Lyeth 2012 Meritage (Sonoma County) $14.99
Lyeth was among the first California vintners to seek greater complexity and finesse in their wines by blending Cabernet Sauvignon with the other Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The 2012 Meritage shows bright flavors of black cherry and red currant, along with notes of spice and cedar.
Borgogno 2012 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) $24.99
This Barbera opens with violet and mineral aromas, and a note of menthol. It’s plump and opulent on the palate, yet it’s intensely flavored, with blackberry, plum and spice-laden flavors giving an overall succulence, supported by a fresh and balanced acidity.
Landmark Overlook 2012 California Pinot Noir $21.99
The Landmark Overlook 2012 blends premium fruit from cool growing sites in San Luis Obispo, Sonoma and Monterey Counties to beautiful effect. Packed with vibrant red fruit, silky tannins and a kiss of French oak spice, this is a graceful and supple California Pinot that really does credit to the varietal.
Stone Brewing Stochasticity Project Quadrupel Ale (Escondido, California) $8.99
Trappist ales have a proud lineage dating back nearly a century. But rather than just follow in the footsteps of the monks who forged the original quadrupels, Stone incoroporated triticale, ahybrid grain that combines the flavor of wheat with the spiciness of rye. The result is a beer that’s a tad less sweet, but just as rich and satisfying.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364