Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Memorial Day Weekend 2014 seems to be coming a bit earlier than normal this year. Some folks will take off for the holiday weekend, but plenty more stay around town to get together with friends and family and enjoy the long weekend with lots of food, beverage and fun. At the Wine Cellar we specialize in the beverage part, with lots of great wines and beers on hand to help make your holiday get-togethers that much more special. So be sure to stop by before the weekend gets rolling and stock up. In fact, some of this week’s wine tasting options would be great weekend options – come on down and try them!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Director’s Cut 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) $18.99
This wine is whole-cluster crushed and then fermented entirely in French oak barrels to produce a creamy mouthfeel with a rich, spicy finish. The 2012 Director’s Cut offers aromas of tropical fruits followed with opulent flavors of spiced pears, ripe pineapples and juicy citrus fruits.
Lincourt 2008 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) $15.99
This Santa Rita Hills Pinot was made with fruit from the Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards. These hilly, cool-climate sites near the Pacific Ocean are perfect for Pinot Noir. It offers a rich palate of black cherry and raspberry fruit, edged with hints of spice.
Fantini 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy) $12.99
This native Italian red is packed to the rafters with dense black cherry and wild berry flavors, on a soft, smooth texture. It’s a juicy, mouth-filling and uncomplicated wine that goes perfectly with Sunday roast and meaty pastas.
Avalon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $17.99
For an everyday Cab, it’s pretty hard to beat the 2011 Avalon from Napa Valley. This wine balances deep blackberry and currant fruit with fine breadth on the palate, and well-integrated oak spice on the finish. It’s fully ready to drink, whenever you’re ready to drink it…
Black Billy 2008 Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $19.99
This McLaren Vale Shiraz exudes bright blueberry, plum and sweet spice aromas. In the mouth it’s velvety, round and open-textured, showing a solid tannic structure and enough snappy acidity to balance its rich fruit all the way through a long finish.
Château Haut-Beauséjour 2009 Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux, France) $32.99
This ‘Left Bank’ blend of 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with scents of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate offers an array of ripe fruit flavors with subtle overtones of coffee, oak toast and spices, supported by firm tannins.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Carpe Diem 2009 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley) $24.99
The grapes for the ’09 Carpe Diem Pinot Noir are from Firepeak vineyard in Edna Valley, just four miles from the Pacific Ocean. The cool coastal climate allows a long, mild growing season. The wine displays an intense ruby color and an exotic nose of red cherry, currant and vanilla. Rich dark fruit flavors are balanced by finely structured tannins.
Cameron Hughes 2009 Lot 21 Syrah-Grenache-Mourvèdre (Monterey County) $11.99
‘Lot 241 is a Monterey County red blend of mainly Syrah and Grenache, along with smaller additions of Mourvèdre and Carignan. Rich fruit aromas of plums and blackberries lead on to an expansive palate of ripe berry fruit and subtle spices.
Calera 2012 Chardonnay (Central Coast) $18.99
This is classic California Chardonnay, with floral and fruit scents of pineapple, apricot, lemon meringue and apple complemented by notes of hazelnut and toast. It’s buttery and rich on the palate, with fresh, juicy fruit and a note of spicy vanilla from oak aging.
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Yuma, Arizona 85364
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