Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, May 1st, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents their annual Cinco de Mayo (this time Menos Quatro) Fiesta right here in Historic Downtown. As always, the Main Street Plaza will have live music, margaritas, sangria and cerveza, an assortment of food vendors, salsa contests and everything else you need for a rousing Cinco de Mayo celebration. Admission is free and the party starts at 6 PM and keeps going until 11, so head downtown Friday evening and join the fiesta!
And on Saturday evening, May 2nd, Planned Pethood of Yuma will hold their 7th Annual Yappy Hour Wine Tasting Event right here at the Old Town Wine Cellar from 6 to 9 PM. Planned Pethood is a local non-profit, all-volunteer organization that raises funds to support spay/neuter services for companion cats and dogs here in Yuma, with all the proceeds from the event going to their ongoing campaign. Admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple, with an assortment of appetizers to enjoy along with the usual great selection of wines. This is always an enjoyable event here at the Cellar, so keep it in mind if you’re looking for something fun to do downtown this weekend…
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Saint Gregory 2013 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County) $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated scents of green apple, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral accent. Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this white a classic Burgundian character.
Castello di Neive 2013 Grignolino (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99
Grignolino is a little-known native varietal from northern Piedmont that has barely survived to the present day. It makes a light-bodied, dry red wine that offers a pleasant and savory blend of red raspberry and white pepper flavors, with plenty of brisk acidity.
Cryptic 2011 California Red $14.99
Cryptic Red is a regional blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from select vineyards in Amador County, Lodi and Paso Robles. It’s supple and seductive, with ripe berry and dark cherry flavors plus notes of toasted hazelnuts and vanilla.
Gainey Vineyards 2012 Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley) $17.99
Made with estate-grown fruit from Gainey’s Home Ranch Vineyard, this is a classic style of Merlot, full of plush black cherry and plum fruit enhanced with subtle hints of cinnamon and clove. The abundant fruit is wrapped in a fine cloak of smooth, velvety tannins.
Santo Tomas 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 Tomas Valley south of Ensenada, Mexico. The two varietals together create a fine interplay of ripe dark fruit, structure and savory complexity.
Conn Creek 2012 Anthology (Napa Valley) $39.99
The 2012 Anthology is rich, smooth and elegant. Richly concentrated cherry and cassis flavors are brought into focus with elements of cedar and spicy vanilla. This vintage is graceful yet shows both power and depth, with seemingly endless berry and spice flavors on a lingering finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Moniker 2012 Pinot Noir (Mendocino County) $22.99
This Mendocino Pinot Noir offers ripe fruit with surprising complexity, with scents of blueberries, violets and tart cherries on the nose and red cherry, cedar and eucalyptus flavors on the palate. Hints of smoke and spice swirl on a long finish. A blend of fruit sourced from the Anderson, Redwood and Potter Valleys.
Balletto 2012 Gewürztraminer (Russian River Valley) $19.99
This is a deliciously fresh, ‘off-dry’ Gewürztraminer, medium-bodied with fine acidity. Scents of lychee fruit, ripe peach and rose petals are followed up with delicate flavors of orange peel, peach, pear and melon, accented by the characteristic spice notes of the varietal.
Emevé 2013 Armonía de Tintos (Valle de Guadelupe, Mexico) $24.99
Armonia de Tintos, or “Harmony of Reds’ is a Baja California cuvée of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. The wine offers rich, intense aromas of cassis and strawberry on the nose and follows with a palate of ripe dark fruits, mocha and toasty oak.
Anderson Valley Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (Anderson Valley, California) $10.99
Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. Vanilla-bean hints imparted by the barrels mix with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee and espresso and envelope the rich chocolate and roast barley flavors with a mellow bourbon character.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364