Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Last year’s policy change that saw the Wine Cellar institute our wine tastings on every weekday that we’re open, Tuesday through Friday, rather than our previous Thursday/Friday-only regimen, has been very well received. And it’s making my Tuesdays and Wednesdays a lot more fun to boot. But not a day goes by that someone doesn’t express great surprise (and delight!) that we have expanded the tastings. So please help spread the word – because way too many people are still unaware that you can come down to Historic Downtown on any weekday and taste some great wine at the Wine Cellar. We hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Murrieta’s Well 2013 The Whip (Livermore Valley) $18.99
The Whip is a tribute to the great white blends of the world – a sophisticated, yet approachable blend of classic white wine varietals. Fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and older oak barrels, it offers lush aromas and flavors of pears, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom, with a balanced, refreshing finish.
MacMurray Ranch 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $32.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this wine exhibits all the delicacy and allure of this classic varietal. Notes of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through a rich black fruit core. The palate is finely balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
Sicoris 2009 Costers Del Segre (Spain) $15.99
Sicoris is a blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Cabernet and 25% Tempranillo, with small additions of Merlot and Syrah. It was aged for 10 months in a mix of French and American oak. Savory notes of cedar, spices and violets on the nose lead on to a round, pleasant, smooth-textured red.
Penley Estate 2011 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra, Australia) $17.99
Penley’s Phoenix reflects the distinctive terroir of the famed terra rossa soils of Coonawarra. The wine exudes ripe berry aromas on the nose, accented with hints of spice and toasty oak. Vivid flavors of dark fruit, peppery spice and chocolate mingle on a savory finish.
Graffigna 2010 Grand Reserve Malbec (Pedernal Valley, Argentina) $22.99
Graffigna is regarded as one of Argentina’s foremost producers of Malbec, that nation’s signature wine varietal. Their Grand Reserve bottling offers bold blackberry and dark plum fruit aromas and follows up with a vivid mouthful of ripe black fruit, with accent of violets and cedar.
Yangarra 2011 Estate Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $22.99
Rich and velvety, this plush-textured Aussie Shiraz overflows with ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavors, complemented by notes of dark chocolate and minty eucalyptus. Complex spice notes intermingle on the concentrated, succulent palate, and the juicy finish goes on and on.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Davis Bynum 2012 Pinot Noir, Jane’s Vineyard (Russian River Valley) $34.99
Davis Bynum was the first winery to produce a single-vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, way back in 1973. The Jane’s Vineyard 2012 offers a fragrance of mint and savory, tart red berries, with hints of earth and black tea. On the palate, smooth tannins mingle with a juicy zing of acidity amid abundant yet elegant dark fruit flavors.
Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco (Valdobbiadene, Italy) $17.99
The Oro Puro is made with grapes grown in the best sites of Valdobbiadene, the source of Italy’s finest Proseccos. Straw yellow in hue with golden reflections, it has a fine, long-lasting perlage. Flavors of ripe apple, pear and tropical fruit are rich, but balanced with fine acidity and a savory, lasting finish.
Santo Tomás 2012 Tempranillo-Cabernet (Baja California, Mexico) $22.99
This Baja red blend is an equal mix of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Santo Tomás Valley south of Ensenada, Mexico. The two varietals together create a fine interplay of ripe dark fruit, structure and savory complexity.
Lockwood Vineyard 2012 Pure Un-oaked Chardonnay (Monterey County) $12.99
Fresh aromas of green apple and citrus are complemented by a vibrant minerality. Flavors of honeysuckle and passion fruit dance on the palate along with a hint of lemon custard, uplifted by the crisp acidity that Monterey Chardonnays are known for.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364