Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
It’s hard to believe, but the 4th of July is almost upon us, this coming Saturday to be exact (and please note that the Wine Cellar will be CLOSED Saturday for the holiday). The Independence Day Holiday is all about getting together with family and friends (at least to the extent possible given our current situation), and you will certainly need some good wines and craft beers to accompany your backyard cookouts. So be sure to stop by the Old Town Wine Cellar this week to stock up!
FEATURED WINES THIS WEEK: ($10 for a glass, $5 for a half-glass)
Bastianich 2017 Friulano (Venezia Giulia, Italy) $18.99 Typical of the Friulano varietal, this has a fragrant nose that gives off aromas of white flowers, almonds, peaches and pears. In the mouth keen acidity accentuates, but doesn’t overpower the ripe fruit, spice and mineral character that makes the wine so attractive.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Eroica Riesling (Columbia Valley) $19.99 Eroica delivers a refreshing mixture of tangerine, grapefruit and pear fruit, nicely framed with subtle spice notes and crisply refreshing acidity. It’s a collaborative effort by Germany’s Dr. Ernst Loosen and Washington State’s Chateau St. Michelle. The result is a New World Riesling with an Old World elegance.
J Lohr 2018 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $15.99 Falcon’s Perch is a blend of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Valdiguié. The nose offers aromas of dark berries, rose petals and exotic spices. It’s delicious and seductive, with dark cherry and berry flavors plus complimentary notes of spice, anise and oak toast.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2017 Three Sisters Cuvée (Paso Robles) $17.99 Hibiscus and strawberry scents are an appealing invitation on the nose of this Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and then peppery spice notes up the ante. It’s the perfect summertime red, served with a slight chill to showcase its flavors of red cherries, sandalwood and tarragon.
Terra d’Oro 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County) $17.99 This is a superb example of Amador County “old vine” fruit. Terra d’Oro doesn’t have to coerce character from the grapes, nor do they attempt to hold any back. Juicy berry flavors are seasoned by classic Shenandoah Valley spice, and French oak aging imparts vanilla and cinnamon tones on a rich finish.
Mollydooker 2018 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia) $31.99 The Boxer is a rich and complex Shiraz, with a fine mix of sweet, ripe fruit and powerful tannins. It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and pepper-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering. But the density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice, and the finish just keeps on going…
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Round Pond 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $59.99 This wine evolves in the glass, with alluring aromas of ripe blueberry, black cherry, star anise and spice. Elegant and rich, it dances gracefully across the palate, with flavors of wild blackberries, cassis, and sage. Supple and silky with refined tannins, it balances a savory intensity with elegance and a sense of harmony that echoes through the finish.
Modern Times Brewing Tycho Hazy IPA (San Diego) $4.99 Both complex and incredibly refreshing, this “hazy” IPA delivers an abundance of Nelson, Simcoe and Idaho 7 hops. Prepare your grill a symphony of white grape, blueberry and lychee character, a fantastic match for pool parties and barbecues.
Modern Times Brewing Themisto Hazy IPA (San Diego) $4.99 This spectacle of haze-craft features a four-way power punch of Citra, El Dorado, Nelson and Amarillo hops, resulting in a glorious detonation of tropical fruit and peach flavors that will constitute a liquid summer vacation.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364