Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us, heralding the beginning of our renowned summer season here in Yuma, and once again the Yuma Jazz Company is all set to jazz up the summer here in Historic Downtown with the 4th Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. As always, the summer series of concerts will feature the regular Company in performance with special guest musicians and vocalists. There will be seven shows presented every other Friday evening from 7 to 9 PM, the first being this Friday, May 28th with the final performance on Friday, August 19th. There’s no cover charge for the performances, presented by Lutes’ Casino (just down the street at 221 S. Main) and Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Be sure to catch a performance before the summer slips by; you don’t have to be a jazz fan to enjoy how great these guys play. So stop by the Cellar for a wine tasting thi Friday, and then drop on down the street to catch some great live jazz!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Pieropan 2014 Soave (Veneto, Italy) $14.99
Pieropan is one of the most highly regarded producers in the Soave Classico zone. This “basic” Soave is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano grapes. A lively, tangy white, it’s marked by a distinct minerality and shows appealing flavors of star fruit, pear, blood orange and ginger, with a crisp, stony finish.
Poderi di San Pietro 2013 Rosso di Valbissera (Piedmont, Italy) $17.99
Rosso di Valbissera is a Piedmontese blend of Barbera, Croatina and Uva Rara, all native grapes of the region. The wine is a classic northern Italian red, with a savory melding of black cherry and plum fruit and complex notes of earth, wood smoke and spice.
Shoo Fly 2013 Shiraz (South Australia) $14.99
Shoo Fly opens with hints of spicy red berry fruits, plums and mint. In the mouth it’s a succulent thunderbolt of pure Shiraz, right to the last sip. Showing plety of brawn as well as finesse, it culminates with an irresistable “have another glass” finish.
Bodegas Peñafiel 2009 miros de ribera Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $15.99
The miros de ribera Crianza is a deep ruby in the glass, offering a complex bouquet of black cherry and violets plus added hints of spice and vanilla. Rich, mouth-filling dark fruit flavors and exotic hints of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, in a harmonious balance framed by firm tannins.
Ferrari-Carano 2013 Siena (Sonoma County) $19.99
The Siena opens with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe, juicy red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins. Pleasantly tart cherry flavors linger on the finish, accented by a touch of dark chocolate.
The Prisoner Wine Company 2014 The Prisoner (Napa Valley) $39.99
The Prisoner red blend was inspired by the “mixed blacks” made by the Italian immigrants who first settled in the Napa Valley. Zinfandel leads the way, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono along for the ride. This is a rich and hedonistic wine, packed with dense, luscious fruit.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Terre dei Roveri 2010 Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) $52.99
This Barolo opens with a delicate, alluring bouquet of raspberries and strawberries. The palate offers all of the classic Nebbiolo varietal characteristics of ripe red cherries edged with complex accents of dry herbs, earth and anise, carried along on a warm, dry tannic frame.
Pfeffingen 2013 Dry Riesling (Pfalz, Germany) $17.99
Pfeffingen specializes in the trocken (dry) styles of Riesling. This one is fully dry on the palate, yet succulent and lively, with juicy peach and red delicious apple notes and a zippy backbone of refreshing acidity. A balanced and spicy finish offers plenty of snap.
Stone Brewing Bastard’s Midnight Brunch (Escondido) $17.99
The Bastard’s Midnight Brunch is a depth-charged Double Bastard, aged in both Kentucky Bourbon barrels and Northeast Ohio maple syrup barrels. It’s an American Strong Ale style of beer with a deliciously rich and flavorful character, a hefty ABV (12.7%) and a coffee-fueled finish that lasts and lasts…
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364