Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Now that we’ve gotten past the July 4th holiday, reality is setting in hereabouts that we’re in for another long, toasty summer. It’s an inescapable fact that summers here in this part of the Great Southwest can definitely become a trial as they wear on (and on!), but there are still lots of ways to enjoy, or at least tolerate our admittedly hot summers here in Yuma. And one of them is an occasional foray to the Old Town Wine Cellar here in Historic Downtown – we happen to think it’s just about the coolest place in town, in more ways than one! So plan on stopping in soon, cool off and enjoy some great vino, whether you opt for our weekly sampling or just a nice glass of wine. We hope to see you soon at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
The Seeker 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) $12.99 This Kiwi quaffer has aromas of zesty citrus and passion fruit, with a hint of fresh herbs. A vibrant palate offers a core of tangy fruit leading to a juicy finish. It’s ideally suited for shellfish, salads, citrus-sauced dishes, ocean voyages and lounging on a sunny afternoon.
Smith & Perry 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $14.99 Smith & Perry is the second label of Van Duzer, one of Oregon’s leading wineries. Made from hand-harvested and carefully selected fruit, this is a balanced, fresh and vibrant Pinot Noir. Flavors of ripe black cherries are accented with touches of oak and spice.
André Brunel 2014 Grenache (Vaucluse, France) $11.99 André Brunel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape renown puts maximum effort into all of his wines, from the top Châteauneufs to this humble Vin de Pays Grenache. It’s a surprisingly complex and intense red, with a nice mix of cracked black pepper spice tones and ripe berry and plum fruit.
Cantina Zaccagnini 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy) $17.99 This native southern Italian red is an intense ruby red in hue, with a rich bouquet of blackberries and flowers. The flavors are lavish and rich; a mix of dark cherries and plums with elements of rhubarb, cocoa and coffee. The mouthfeel is velvet-soft, with mellow tannins.
Trivento 2015 Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) $22.99 This Argentinean Cabernet pours an intense red with garnet tones. A complex nose offers rich, ripe dark fruit aromas, with overtones of spice and toast. On the palate, elements of pepper, cedar and chocolate give a fine balance with the abundant dark fruit and firm tannins.
Truchard 2016 Syrah (Carneros) $29.99 This ‘cool climate’ Syrah opens with fragrant aromas of dark fruits. In the mouth, a dense core of juicy dark cherry and blackberry fruit is robed with firm tannins and a spicy, lifting acidity. With air, the spice accents increase in intensity, adding complexity on the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Napa Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir (Napa Valley) $18.99 Earthy and savory, Napa Cellars Pinot is soft and velvety in the mouth, entirely inviting and mellow. The flavors are marked by delicious black cherry and raspberry fruit, plus complex notes of dried herbs and fennel. A cool minerality and fresh acidity lead this to a long and layered finish.
Dr. Hermann 2014 Riesling Kabinett, Erdener Treppchen (Mosel Valley, Germany) $19.99 The grapes for this wine are hand-picked from steeply terraced slate vineyard sites by the Mosel River and then fermented in the traditional way by using natural yeasts with aging on the lees. The nose brings to mind fully ripe peaches, honeysuckle and melon. A juicy and elegant palate offers a creamy richness, edged by mineral tones.
Corte Fiore 2017 Appassimento (Abruzzo, Italy) $15.99 Appassimento is a traditional Italian winemaking style in which grapes are partially dried before pressing, resulting in wines with added richness, flavor and complexity. This wine, made entirely from the native Montepulciano d’Abruzzo varietal, offers aromas of wild cherries and berries, followed by a palate of juicy dark fruit, bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364