Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, May 14th, the Yuma Orchestra Association is will present the “Orchestral Classics” Concert at downtown’s Historic Yuma Theatre (254 Main Street) in celebration of their 40th Anniversary season. This live performance of great classical music will feature Yuma’s String Ambassadors groups and the Yuma Civic Orchestra, conducted by Janet Jones and Kathy Younker. Tickets can be had at the Yuma Art Center box office and will also be available at the door the night of the concert. General admission is just $10; doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert goes from 7:00 to 8:30. For more info, contact Janet Jones at (928) 246-6715 or go to www.yumaorchestra.org. And now, on to the business at hand:
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
Emmolo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $17.99
This is a fresh and fragrant wine, with bright, tangy ruby grapefruit, sweet lime, gooseberry and orange blossom on the nose. There’s plenty of depth and dimension to the flavors as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava notes that lead to a crisp, clean finish.
Landmark Overlook 2013 Pinot Noir (California) $21.99
Landmark’s Overlook combines premium fruit sourced from cool growing sites in Sonoma, Monterey and San Benito Counties to beautiful effect. With vibrant fruit, velvety tannins and hints of spice from French oak aging, it’s an elegant and supple California Pinot.
Altovinum Evodia 2014 Old Vines Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain) $11.99
Spanish Garnacha (or Grenache) is usually peppery, zesty and loaded with fresh raspberry fruit. This one exudes fresh aromas of black cherries and crushed raspberries. In the mouth, it’s soft and round, with ripe red raspberry and cherry fruit plus a light touch of toasty oak.
St. Hallet 2014 Faith Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia) $15.99
St. Hallet’s Faith bottling offers vibrant black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate flavors, balanced with smooth, supple tannins and a hint of vanillin oak. The overall palate effect is of rich, ripe dark fruit and a fine generosity of flavor – classic Barossa Shiraz.
Broadside 2013 Margarita Vineyard Merlot (Paso Robles) $21.99
Broadside’s Margarita Vineyard Merlot has a fabulously deep nose, offering vivid cassis aromas edged with notes of coffee, fennel and sage. Lush layers of ripe dark fruit are wrapped in a lovely acidity and tied up with tannins that seem as smooth as silk. This is a wine that delivers wonderfully rich flavors with a surprising degree of finesse.
J Lohr 2013 Tower Road Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $22.99
Vivid, pure blackberry-raspberry-blueberry flavors are terrifically ripe, juicy and deeply concentrated. Full-bodied tannins manage to stay in the background to let a delicious core of dark fruit flavors swirl on the palate. Peppery accents enliven a lasting finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Hahn Winery 2014 SLH Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $22.99
Bright red fruit tones dominate the nose and palate, along with the black fruit flavors characteristic of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs. A deep ruby in color, Hahn’s SLH Estate Pinot Noir is vibrant and rich, with flavors of black cherry and blackberry, dried herbs and minerals balanced by a fresh, ‘cool-climate’ acidity.
Vigneti del Salento 2012 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $14.99
The baking hot sun of the Italian south, the ‘heel’ of Italy comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro is an ancient varietal native to Puglia, and it’s a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian dishes.
Jam Cellars 2014 Butter California Chardonnay $17.99
Rich, bold and luscious, this is an easy-to-love, creamy California Chardonnay. The wine opens with juicy, ripe tropical fruit and baked-lemon aromas. It’s cold fermented to a perfect, rich creaminess and aged in oak for a lush and rich, vanilla-laced finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364