Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, May 31st, the Old Town Wine Cellar will present another Saturday Afternoon Beer Tasting. As always, we’ve brought in some great new imported ales and American craft beers since our last Saturday beerfest. The tasting fee is just $5, and all of the beers will be available by the glass as well. We’ll go from noon to 5 PM, so make your way down to Old Town this weekend to sample some tasty brews at the Cellar and celebrate the unofficial arrival of another Yuma summer. And in the meantime, you can stop by during the week and try some really nice wines…
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Murrieta’s Well 2012 The Whip (Livermore Valley) $18.99
The Whip is a tribute to the great white blends of the world – a sophisticated, yet approachable blend of classic white wine varietals. Fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and older oak barrels, it offers lush aromas and flavors of pears, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom, with a balanced, clean finish.
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 241 Red (Monterey County) $11.99
Lot 241 is a Monterey County red blend of 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.
Sicoris 2009 Costers Del Segre (Spain) $15.99
Sicoris is a blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Cabernet and 25% Tempranillo, with small additions of Merlot and Syrah. It was aged for 10 months in a mix of French and American oak. Savory notes of cedar, spices and violets on the nose lead on to a round, pleasant, smooth-textured red.
Villa Antinori 2011 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
Villa Antinori is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori. The wine’s bouquet offers scents of sweet fruit, spice and a hint of oak. Black cherry and cassis fruit dominates on the palate, accented by a touch of chocolate.
North Star 2009 Merlot (Columbia Valley) $34.99
Aged in French oak for 18 months, this has an alluring bouquet of dark cherry, currants and toast. The palate is superbly balanced, silky and elegant. Leaning heavily towards the more finesse-driven aspect of the wine spectrum, it displays smooth tannins with a moderate level of power and concentration.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Bischöfliche Weingüter 2012 Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtröpfchen (Mosel Valley, Germany) $22.99
Zesty evergreen and herb notes lend fine freshness to flavors of Meyer lemon and nectarine in this delicate Mosel Riesling. The palate builds in floral, fruity intensity. The wine is delicately sweet, yet brisk in lemony acidity, with a fresh, clean finish.
Francis Coppola 2012 Gia Pinot Noir California $12.99
Coppola’s Gia Pinot Noir has a silky texture, pretty spice notes and delicious flavors of fresh-picked strawberries and raspberries, along with pomegranate and a hint of peach. There’s a refreshing acidity and a harmonious balance that carries it to an elegant finish.
Masi 2008 Brolo Campofiorin Oro (Veneto, Italy ) $29.99
Brolo Campofiorin Oro is a Riserva version of Masi’s popular Ripasso-inspired Campofiorin. The nose shows a spicy complexity that’s derived from dried grapes. On the palate, it has a bold, fleshy richness, with a complex and layered array of black fruit flavors supported by firm, ripe tannins that wrap around the finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364