Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just a quick reminder this week that this Thursday, April 25th will bring a really fun Wine & Appetizer event at Yuma City Hall here in Historic Downtown, sponsored by Yuma Investment Group Wealth Management to benefit Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The event will begin at 6:00 and go until 7:30PM, with wines selected and poured by the Wine Cellar and an array of great hors d’oeuvres to enjoy along with the wines courtesy of Chef Bob Nidiffer. Attendance is limited but tickets are still available – call Kayla at Yuma Investment Group (329-1700) to reserve yours. Cost is $50 per person – hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Corvo 2017 Bianco (Sicily, Italy) $9.99 Made from a blend of the native Sicilian grapes Insolia and Grecanico, this is a lighter bodied and really refreshing white, with a true Mediterranean character. Aromas and flavors of lime zest, ripe peach and green apple are paired with fresh, bright acidity on the nicely dry finish.
Mer Soleil 2016 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $29.99 This SLH Pinot exudes black cherry, strawberry and floral aromas on the nose. It’s rich and full on the palate, with notes of light oak, anise and baking spices. The result is an elegant and complex wine with finely integrated tannins, fresh acidity and a long, cherry-and-spice-laden finish.
Ramos Pinto 2015 Duas Quintas (Douro Valley, Portugal) $14.99 Duas Quintas is a blend of the native varietals Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. It’s a full-bodied red with firm, well-integrated tannins and a fruit-filled core of plum and red raspberry underscored with accents of pepper, spices and tobacco leaf.
Skyfall Vineyard 2015 Red Blend (Columbia Valley) $15.99 A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this has a blueberry and sweet oak bouquet with a touch of black currant. The palate is medium in body, nicely balanced and packed with fruit, with flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry, toasty oak and a hint of dark chocolate.
Kangarilla Road 2014 Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $19.99 This combines parcels of old-vine Shiraz from Kangarilla Road’s own vineyards in McLaren Vale with fruit sourced from other vineyards in the Seaview and Blewitt Springs Districts. The goal is to craft a wine that offers all the classic McLaren Vale hallmarks of plums, spice and anise, but with a more subtle and integrated approach to oak aging.
Joel Gott 2016 Shatter Grenache (Cotes Catalanes, France) $22.99 A collaboration by well-known California winemakers Joel Gott and Dave Phinney (the latter of Orin Swift renown), Shatter Grenache is sourced from 60 year-old hillside vines in the south of France. The wine achieves a unique melding of New World opulence with an “Old World” character and complexity.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Lionel Faury 2016 Syrah (Rhone Valley, France) $22.99 The Collines Rhodaniennes lie at a higher altitude than the famous north Rhône Valley crus of Côte-Rôtie and St-Joseph, which are situated just across the river. Faury’s Collines Syrah offers wonderful aromatics and complexity, with notes of violets and fresh blackberries showing amid a backdrop of granite-laced mineral elements and soft, brambly tannins.
Coppo 2017 L’Avvocata Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99 Ruby red in the glass, the L’Avvocata offers Barbera’s classic, intense nose of ripe dark cherry and strawberry. The aromas transition to a juicy and full-bodied palate of crushed raspberries and plums. Fresh acidity lifts its rich flavors, ending with a long, spicy and satisfying finish.
Henri Perrusset 2016 Macon-Villages (burgundy, France) $19.99
This opens with a fine bouquet of grapefruit, Anjou pear and Meyer lemon. It’s brisk and racy on the palate, with flavors of citrus, pear and apple, a touch of minerals and a hint of freshly-mown hay. A Chardonnay all about peak acidity, pure fruit and mineral overtones, it finishes crisply dry and clean.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364