Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just a quick announcement to factor into your plans for this holiday week: since I just got back from a great vacation and can’t really afford to go anywhere now, the Old Town Wine Cellar will be OPEN for our normal days and hours all week, including Friday the 4th and Saturday. If you’re staying around town this week and seeking some cool respite from our toasty weather, stop by the Cellar!
And just for some more incentive to stick around town, we’ll do another of our celebrated Saturday beer tastings. Drop by anytime between noon and 5PM on Saturday the 5th and sample our six brews of the month – tasting fee is just $5. The hotter it gets, the better a cold beer tastes…
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Rheinhartshausen 2012 Estate Riesling (Rheingau, Germany) $17.99
Schloss Reinhartshausen has been producing Rieslings in Germany’s Rheingau region since 1337. This estate Riesling exudes aromas of white peach, apricot, cassis and honey leading to delicate flavors of peach, apricot and citrus, uplifted by refreshing acidity.
Lockwood 2009 Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $17.99
Lockwood’s Grand Terroir Pinot offers aromas reminiscent of rose petals, with a hint of mulled spices. In the glass the flavors are full-on dark cherry, with a brisk hint of cranberry. This is a wine with both elegance and true varietal character.
Quattro Mani 2010 Barbera (Piedmont, Italy) $11.99
This Barbera from Italy’s northern Piedmont region offers hints of blackberries and spice on the nose, with pleasant oak notes from 12 months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with dark cherry and mixed berry flavors.
Rosenblum 2009 Zinfandel (Contra Costa County) $17.99
Reflecting the warm, sandy soils of Contra Costa County, this Zin delivers a robust and heady mix of ripe black plum and berry fruit, accented with chocolate and spice notes. The palate is smooth and silky, with light peppery notes balancing rich, juicy plum-jam flavors.
Penley Estate 2011 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra, Australia) $19.99
Penley’s Phoenix reflects the distinctive qualities imparted by the famed terra rossa soils of Coonawarra. This richly complex wine exudes ripe berry aromas on the nose, accented with hints of spice and toasty oak. Vivid flavors of dark fruit, peppery spice and chocolate mingle on the lengthy, savory finish.
Miraflores 2011 Petite Sirah (El Dorado County) $24.99
Savory scents of licorice, exuberant ripeness and an impression of sweetness rise from the glass. Soft on the entry, this spreads wide on the palate, coating the mouth completely. Free of any abrupt acidity or harsh tannins, this leaves ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors on the lasting finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Villa Cerna 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) $24.99
This dark ruby-colored Riserva opens with black cherry and violet scents, plus subtle earth nuances. Flavors of rich, ripe black cherries with cinnamon hints are wrapped up with smoothly elegant tannins, through a fresh and fruity yet thoroughly dry finish.
Castello Montaùto 2010 Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Tuscany, Italy) $12.99
Vernaccia de San Gimignano is a uniquely Tuscan white, found virtually nowhere else in Italy. It offers rich aromas of succulent, ripe fruits, particularly peach and citrus. In the mouth it’s fully dry, yet has a pleasing richness of texture. The wine finishes with a highly refreshing, crisp and clean character.
Brasserie du Bocq Blanche de Namur (Belgium) $11.99
Blanche de Namur is a top-fermented Belgian witbier (wheat beer) brewed with only wheat, hops and yeast. Orange peel and coriander gives it a citrusy quality and a nice spicy edge. The overall effect is a pleasantly light and savory, thirst-quenching beer, ideal on a hot summer day.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364