Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This first week of June kicks off here in Historic Downtown Yuma with a “non-St. Paddy’s Day” performance on Friday, June 3rd by local favorites the Chuckawalla Rhythm Kings just down the street at Lutes’ Casino (221 S. Main St.). Most folks think “Irish music” when it comes to this band, but they’ve got a great repertoire of other tunes as well as the Irish folk classics they’re known for. The show goes from 7 to 9PM and there’s no cover charge, so get your summer started with some potato tacos and great live music at a local institution (after wine tasting at the Cellar, of course!)
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
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.
Virginia Dare 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $19.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this exhibits all the delicacy and allure of this classic varietal. Notes of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through the deep, rich dark-fruit core. The palate is well balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
Guenoc 2013 Petite Sirah (Lake County) $14.99
A deep purple in hue, this Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate offers a rich, full mouthfeel, with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, dark cherry and spicy plum.
Wente 2011 Sandstone Merlot (Livermore Valley) $15.99
This estate-grown Merlot is sourced from hillside as well as valley floor vineyards, and was aged 16 months in both French and American oak barrels. While lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines firm yet supple tannins with a rich and satisfying dark fruit character.
Castiglion del Bosco 2011 Dainero (Tuscany, Italy) $21.99
This Tuscan 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot opens with aromas of ripe blackberry and Bing cherry edged by hints of herbs and earth. A medium-weight palate displays round, ripe tannins and a flavorful blend of dark fruits, espresso, tobacco and porcini mushroom.
Miraflores 2013 Zinfandel (El Dorado County) $27.99
This is a dense, layered and complex Sierra Foothills Zin that’s packed with deep, rich fruit. Scents of black currant and bittersweet chocolate lead to complex black cherry, fresh anise and white pepper flavors. The tannins are ripe but remain powerful through a lengthy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Pali Wine Company 2013 Huntington Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) $19.99
Huntington is crafted from premium Pinot Noir fruit sourced from vineyards throughout the Santa Barbara coastal region, and then carefully blended to create the best expression of the unique character associated with that area. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 12 months.
Fizz 56 Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $18.99
The Fizz 56 Moscato d’Asti is straw-yellow in color with a bubbling effervescence – a perfect example of Italian Moscato. Overflowing with luscious notes of ripe orchard fruits, citrus blossom and fresh herbs, this has fine complexity. It’s pleasantly sweet, with a crisp, elegant and persistent finish.
Hahn Winery 2014 GSM (Central Coast) $14.99
GSM is the standard name in the wine world for a mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes vinted in the style of the classic red blends of France’s southern Rhone Valley. This version from California’s cool Central Coast region offers a fine mix of dark fruit and a spicy, peppery character.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364