Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As we all settle in for a long, deep stretch of summer now that the July 4th holiday is behind us, it’s important to remember that there are still plenty of fun things to do here in Yuma, especially in Historic Downtown. For example, this Friday evening, July 10th, the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will be back at it right down the street at Lutes’ Casino with the fourth installment of the 2015 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. Also on hand will be Trombonist Ernie Ortega, putting his musical skills on display as the Quintet’s special guest performer. The show goes from 7 to 9 PM (with no cover), presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Just another great reason to venture downtown this summer, right up there with wine tasting at the Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Michel Gassier 2013 Nostre Pais Blanc (Costieres de Nimes, France) $17.99
Crafted in the style of the finest white wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, Michel Gassier’s Nostre Pais blends Grenache Blanc with Roussanne and some Viognier to add complexity and a richer aromatic profile. It’s bright and fresh, with white peach, golden apple and honeysuckle notes.
Kenwood 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $17.99
Russian River Valley soils combine with the nearby Pacific Ocean’s foggy influence to create ideal conditions for growing great Pinot Noir. Aromas of raspberry and black cherry mingle with spicy hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate exhibits bright acidity, with a smooth texture and a lingering finish.
Gran Passione 2011 Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $12.99
This is a round, balanced northern Italian red, featuring rich black cherry, raspberry, spice and tobacco elements that offset a firm structure. Subtle toasted oak notes give this additional depth and complexity. A powerful, heady Barbera, with fine length and a satisfyingly dry finish.
Peachy Canyon 2011 Westside Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $17.99
This deep purple powerhouse opens with dark chocolate, raspberries and cedar on the nose, and raspberry, toffee and clove on the palate. With time, accents of white pepper, vanilla and a touch of smoky oak emerge. Fresh acidity enlivens the finish.
Cambria 2012 Syrah, Tepusquet Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley) $21.99
Cambria’s Tepusquet Vineyard has sandy, loamy soils that restrict vine vigor and help increase concentration, enhancing varietal character and creating more robust flavors. This Syrah offers deep dark fruit and cinnamon spice on the nose. Rich mocha, blackberry and plum fruit flavors mingle with spice and earth notes on the palate.
Freemark Abbey 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley) $26.99
This cross-Napa Valley red consists of 85% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux grapes. Just 21% new oak barrels were used, so the fruit component dominates. A silken texture coupled with fine richness of flavor provides a profile that delivers from the initial sip and continues on the palate for a lengthy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Cava Maciel 2012 Apogeo (Guadelupe Valley, Mexico) $39.99
Nebbiolo is being planted to great success in Baja. Cava Maciel ages their Apogeo Nebbiolo for 16 months in oak. The result is a voluptuous yet complex red, with a nose of intense dark fruit and floral aromas and a touch of fresh roasted coffee. On the palate, a fine welcoming warmth of tobacco and spice rounds it out for a truly smooth mouthfeel.
Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend (Columbia Valley) $11.99
Composition is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – a grape Columbia Winery introduced to Washington State. This wine is soft and velvety, with blackberry aromas and ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and currant that are framed by hints of spicy oak.
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (San Diego) $8.99
Ballast Point’s Sculpin is a delicious IPA, dominated by citrusy hops yet showing an expertly crafted balance of sweetness and bitterness. Inspired use of hops produces hints of apricot, peach, mango and citrus.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364