Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday evening, June 10th, the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will stir things up just down the street at Lutes’ Casino with the second installment of the 2016 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. This time the Quintet’s special guest will be vocalist Jennifer Wayman. Jennifer has performed locally with the Arizona Western College Jazz Band and the Yuma Big Band. The show will go from 7 to 9 PM with no cover charge, presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. It’s a great early summer evening’s entertainment, so head down there after you finish your wine tasting at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
MacMurray Ranch 2014 Pinot Gris (Russian River Valley) $14.99
Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character. On the palate, juicy orchard fruit and crisp citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. It finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp minerality.
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.
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.
Bodegas Muriel 2008 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $17.99
This opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famed for. In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with a touch of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from 2 years of oak barrel aging.
Baracchi 2013 O’lillo (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
O’lillo is a classic “Super-Tuscan”, an equal blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes. It’s rich and intense, with a full-bodied palate of cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate flavors and a beautifully layered finish.
Austin Hope Cellars 2013 Treana (Paso Robles) $31.99
Treana shows a deep ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe dark fruits and spice. Rich, expansive flavors of dark cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak accents. Depth and power come from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Syrah lends an inviting silky softness.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2014 Chianti Castiglioni (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99
Tuscany is considered the heart and soul of Italian wines, and the Frescobaldi family has been making wine there for over 800 years. The Castiglioni is a fruity, generous Chianti, with raspberry, cherry and plum flavors edged by exotic notes of spice and herbs.
Pine Ridge 2014 Chenin Blanc-Viognier (Clarksburg) $12.99
This shows hints of both varietals on the nose, with the honeydew melon character of Chenin Blanc uplifted by a hint of wildflowers from the Viognier. It’s crisp and fresh in the mouth, with a nice blend of tangy citrus, pear and melon flavors.
Lagunitas Equinox Pale Oat Ale (Petaluma, California) $5.99
The Equinox is a creamy, zesty Pale Oat Ale that’s hopped up with a huge charge of Equinox and Simcoe hops for a piney, eucalyptus-y, cedary, sprucey, foresty blast of flavor. It’s a surprisingly complex brew, offering a wonderful interplay of sweet vs. bitter essences.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364