Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just in case you haven’t heard, the renowned Yuma Jazz Company Quintet is jazzing up our summer here in Old Town with the the 2nd Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. The 2014 Series features the regular Quintet in performance with special guest artists. There will be seven shows, presented every other Friday from 7 to 9pm, May 30 through August 22. The next show on the calendar is Friday June 13th, featuring former Yuma area music educator Lisa Dabrowski performing some of her favorites tunes in company with the YJC Quintet. There’s no cover charge for the performances, which are presented by Lutes’ Casino (221 S Main Street) and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio station KAWC. As I’ve told everyone so many times before, these guys are really good. Great jazz in a fun setting here in Historic Downtown Yuma with lots of good food and drink at hand – don’t miss out on it this summer!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Dreaming Tree 2012 Everyday White (Central Coast) $14.99
Dreaming Tree’s Everyday White offers alluring aromas that blend flowers, tropical fruit and minerals together for a fresh and lively bouquet. The flavors bring lime and orange zest to the top followed by creamy vanilla, honeysuckle and melon, with a distinct mineral edge.
Row 11 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $29.99
This Pinot is sourced from two of the most acclaimed vineyards in the entire Russian River Valley – the 100 year old Sanchietti Ranch Vineyard and Dutton Ranch Vineyard. Enticing flavors of red cherry and plum are edged by spice and cedar accents on a beautifully silky frame.
Dreaming Tree 2011 Crush Red (North Coast) $14.99
The Crush Red is a blend of 2/3 Zinfandel and 1/3 Merlot. The wine greets the nose with lush aromas of ripe raspberries, spice and vanilla. The taste is all about fresh, juicy berry and cherry fruit, carried on a velvety mouth-feel. The finish is smooth and satisfying, lingering nicely.
Luna Vineyards 2010 Lunatic California Red $16.99
Luna’s Lunatic Red combines Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache into a red with plush fruit and supple tannins. Aromas of juicy berries and plums mix with savory spice notes. Ripe blackberry and cherry fruit flavors extend beautifully to a polished and satisfying finish.
Rosemount 2006 Show Reserve GSM (McLaren Vale, Australia) $22.99
The Show Reserve Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre is rich, dense and focused, a chewy mouthful of plum, raspberry and rich spice flavors on a velvety texture. It’s a great example of a Rhone-style blend from Down Under, showing balance and finesse yet retaining the juicy, exuberant style Australian reds are renowned for.
Martin Ray 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $24.99
This rich, mountain-grown Napa Cabernet offers gorgeous fruit purity, with ripe, fleshy black plum, currant and wild berry flavors that are framed and supported by firm yet beautifully polished tannins. The result is a concentrated, finely focused wine that’s intense and rich, yet exquisitely balanced.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Barbi 2007 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $59.99
This is a classic Brunello from one of Montalcino’s oldest and most respected producers. The nose is luscious and intense, with complex tones of toast, cinnamon, cherry, raspberry and dried oregano. It’s concentrated and ultra-smooth on the palate, with deep, dark berry and plum fruit supported by velvety tannins.
Fetzer Crimson 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $9.99
This California Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and supple from start to finish. It has ripe, juicy plum, black cherry and black currant fruit flavors on a smooth body, with a nice hint of vanilla toast from oak barrel aging.
Howe Sound Salty Scot Scotch Ale (British Columbia, Canada) $8.99
Building on a Scottish “Wee Heavy” style of ale, this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavor with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Rich toffee and toasty vanilla notes give this a unique character that makes it stand out.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364