Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful late-spring days here in the Great Southwest as much as I am – Yuma is truly blessed with some great weather throughout the winter, spring and early summer seasons before the full summer heat finally clamps down. Late afternoon & early evening is a great time of late to venture forth and enjoy a stroll through Historic Downtown Yuma to sample what our vibrant downtown has to offer. The Old Town Wine Cellar has been a part of it for going on seventeen years now, so if you haven’t gotten down this way in a while, don’t put it off any longer, there’s lots going on – and be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar when you do!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Legado del Conde 2017 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $14.99 This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, mouthwatering finish.
Parducci 2016 Small Lot Pinot Noir (Mendocino County) $12.99 Mouthfilling, ripe and generous, this Mendocino Pinot packs a lot of flavor into a big but soft frame. Dark cherry and blueberry fruit plus a hint of chocolate provide plenty to appreciate, and easy tannins and soft acidity make this wine a definite “easy drinker.”
Bieler Père et Fils 2016 La Jassine Côtes du Rhône Villages (Rhone Valley, France) $13.99 This blend of the classic Rhone varietals Grenache and Syrah has a nose of dark cherry fruit and spice aromas, framed by classic Provence notes of rosemary, thyme and sage. A lavish palate of dark berry fruit with a snap of spicy licorice is underscored by soft, round tannins.
Terra d’Oro 2016 Barbera (Amador County) $17.99 The Barbera grape, native to northern Italy’s Piedmont region, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity and medium-bodied red full of the classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice.
TorCalvano 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) $22.99 This Vino Nobile exudes aromas of stewed cherries, plus undertones of coffee and fennel on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced, with velvety tannins that are wrapped around a juicy, fruity core. The black cherry and wild berry fruit flavors offer intriguing hints of spice and earth.
Director’s Cut 2016 Cinema Red (Sonoma County) $29.99 Made with fruit sourced from the Dry Creek, Alexander and Knight’s Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon-Zinfandel-Syrah blend offers a rich fragrance of blackberry pie, cassis, cherries, cigar box and vanilla followed by lush layers of fruit set upon a velvety palate. Nuances of ripe cherries, dark chocolate and sweet, smoky oak are elevated by the long, spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Caposaldo 2017 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie, Italy) $11.99 This Pinot Grigio is from “ground zero” for the varietal, Italy’s far northeastern region of Delle Venezie. The nose is frsh and zesty, with aromas of juicy citrus and stone fruits. Bright flavors of ripe peach, honeydew melon and tangy lime are enlivened with a snappy mineral edge.
Au Contraire 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $24.99 Au Contraire is a blend of fruit from premier Sonoma Coast vineyards, including the new Fort-Ross Seaview AVA overlooking the Pacific. A brilliant garnet in the glass, the nose gives off scents of cherry, raspberry and plum plus a hint of violet amid subtle spices notes. An elegant, silky mouthfeel and firm acidity showcase the wine’s ripe fruit.
Port Brewing Wipeout IPA (San Diego) $6.99
Port’s Wipeout is a massively hoppy beer that gets its flavor and attitude from no less than five different hop varieties: Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit. It’s a classic full-bore West Coast IPA with a pleasantly tangy edge.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405