Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As promised in the last newsletter, this week you have an opportunity to explore one of our Top Shelf selections. Number five on the list of Featured Wines this week is an outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from Penfolds. You will get a taste as part of the Tasting Flight and or have a glass (full or half) at a slightly increased cost per glass.
I am also excited to announce a change for the Cheese Plates. We have partnered with Simply Boxed to bring in Cheese Plates and a Charcuterie board that features some a very yummy and amazing snack options.
FEATURED WINES THIS WEEK
Ruffino Aqua di Venus 2021 Pinot Grigio Friuli (Tuscany, Italy) $16.99
This straw yellow white wine features the opulence of its three varietals – Sangiovese, Vermentino and Chardonnay. The aroma of these three varietals can be discerned by the forthright minerality of Vermentino, the plush fruit of Chardonnay and the closure of Sangiovese. Deliciously savory, almost a salty sea breeze accompanied by ripe citrus, yellow fruits and accents of pulp. The structure aspires to a brilliant finish and enduring energy.
($10 per glass)
Robert Mondavi 2019 Pinot Noir (Carneros , Napa Valley) $24.99
Aromas of ripe black and tart red cherries arise from the glass, along with notes of violets, dried leaves and a pleasant whiff of oak toast. On the palate this wine is bright and expressive, with a zip of acidity softened by lovely flavors of red and black fruits and earth. It’s a juicy, lifted and elegant Pinot Noir.
($10 per glass)
Tenet The Convert 2017 Red Blend (Columbia Valley, WA) $24.99
Dense dark plum color with scarlet hues. Bright bramble and red cherry aromas, hints of black pepper and baking spices. Blackberry and black cherry flavors on the palate, complemented by toasted oak with gentle spice influence. The palate is plush and round with excellent length and finesse.
($10 per glass)
Marques de Riscal 2018 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $24.99
is deep ruby in the glass, offering a nose of ripe cherries and violets with hints of spice and vanilla. Rich dark fruit flavors with exotic touches of leather and spices predominate on the palate, perfectly framed with firm tannins.
($10 per glass)
Penfolds 2019 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (South Australia) $59.99
The Bin 389 is an Australian “Gran Vin”, a selection of the finest lots sourced from the best vineyards. It is supple, expressive and beautifully refined, showing a fine balance between vibrant acidity and a silky-smooth tannic frame. The finish is rich and savory.
($18 per glass)
Michele Chiarlo 2019 Nizza Cipressi ( Piemonte, Italy) $28.99
This wine is a generous and abundant expression of Barbera with an inky dark color. The bouquet reveals blackberry, blackcurrant and lots of rich primary fruit. The wine’s texture is soft and plush, and you get that little kick of acidity that is characteristic of this versatile grape. Bright acidity and minimal tannin. This is very much in-your-face, but it’s not aggressive. Pair with cured meats, pasta with meat sauce, steak, risotto.
Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2018 Lassègue (Bordeaux, France) $59.99
The Lassègue shows a deep and intense color. The estate’s terroir maximized the potential of this excellent vintage thanks to 50+ year-old vines and the freshness from the limestone soils. On the nose, the richness of the Merlot is complemented by the extravagance of the Cabernet Franc, and after aeration the bouquet develops subtle notes of cassis and violet. The palate explodes with silky round red and black fruit, while the finish is dominated by black fruit with barely perceptible rounded tannins. This is a vintage with an excellent potential for aging.
Blend: 62% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Schooner Transit 2 (South Australia) $45.99
This new “Red Wine of the World,” is a red blend sourced from famed regions of southern Australia, the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Consisting of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, Transit 2 is bold yet nuanced, featuring scents and flavors of dark fruit, black pepper, leather and vibrant raspberries. A hint of mint stems from the region’s native trees. Just like our Red Schooner Malbec from Argentina is known by the “voyage” that produced it, this wine is called a sequential “transit.”
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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