Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Time marches on, and before you know it another holiday weekend is upon us. As for instance this week, which brings us Memorial Day Weekend of 2013. Lots of folks take off for the long weekend, but plenty more stay around town, get together with friends and family and enjoy the long weekend with lots of food, fun and beverage. The Wine Cellar specializes in the beverage part, with a lots of great wines and beers that will 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 might just work perfectly – come on down and check them out!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:
Bolla 2011 Soave Classico 883 Selection (Veneto, Italy) $11.99
Bolla’s 883 Selection is made with 100% Garganega grapes sourced from the heart of the Soave Classico region, from hillside vineyards that are 25 to 30 years old. It’s a wonderfully crisp and clean white with an intense bouquet of pear fruit and wild flowers. The palate offers juicy apricot and peach fruit flavors, with accents of citrus and acacia honey.
DeLoach Vineyards 2008 O·F·S Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $24.99
The O·F·S is a quintessential Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. Aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit mix with hints of rose petals. The palate shows rich black fruit flavors, with undertones of cola, light spice and black tea. This seductively layered wine is exquisitely balanced, with fine acidity and soft, enveloping tannins.
Line 39 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast) $12.99
The 2011 Line 39 Cabernet exhibits rich fruit flavors of currant and blackberry, plus a hint of mint. The tannins are relatively easy, but provide enough edge to give the wine good structure and palate grip. A fresh, balanced acidity allows the clean finish to linger nicely.
For A Song 2009 The Melody (Columbia Valley) $14.99
This is a classically styled Rhône blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise and Petite Sirah. Like a well-played violin, plush and opulent notes of ripe dark raspberry and cherry are layered with softer notes of sweet vanilla, clove and light spice. A hint of espresso and a dash of Herbs de Provence enliven a rich, savory and lingering finish.
Four Vines 2009 The Sophisticate Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $19.99
Nick-named Sophisticate because it expresses the elegant side of Zinfandel, this was kissed with a touch of Petite Sirah and aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months. A spicy nose of anise, caramelized sugar and blackberry jam is followed with lush flavors of blackberry and licorice and a dash of pepper.
Austin Hope Cellars 2008 Treana (Paso Robles) $29.99
The 2008 Treana has a deep ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe, dark fruits and exotic spice. Rich, explosive flavors of mulberry, cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak notes. Depth and power come from the 70% Cabernet Sauvignon component; 30% Syrah lends an inviting silky softness.
Seghesio 2009 Sangiovese (Alexander Valley) $26.99
This is 100% estate Sangiovese, sourced from Seghesio’s Home Ranch Vineyard and Rattlesnake Hill Vineyard in Alexander Valley. It has classic varietal character, with rich red fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry edged with accents of anise and old leather. Vibrant acidity and firm tannins give this complexity and depth.
Barra 2009 Muscat Canelli (Mendocino County) $15.99
Aromas of orange blossom, wildflowers and jasmine with just a hint of clove greet the nose. The flavor profile is about tropical fruit, with lots of ripe pineapple, guava and citrus. This may just be the ultimate summer sipper. No food required – just a hot day and a pool!
La Crema 2011 Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $22.99
This opens with fragrant scents of dark cherry, ripe strawberries, Indian spices and a subtle saline note. In the mouth, forward flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, spice and vanilla-laced oak are nicely framed with gentle tannins.
Pinnacoli 2008 Primitivo di Manduria (Puglia, Italy) $14.99
This Puglian Primitivo offers a Zinny array of spicy black and red fruit aromas with light herb notes. The tannins are gentle, balancing the ripe richness of the fruit with touches of coffee, ending with a hint of cinnamon.
Od Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364