Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, July 18th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will try to relieve your summer doldrums with another of our Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings. Some interesting new domestic craft beers as well as imported ales have made their way into the shop in the weeks since our last tasting, so stop in on Satuirday if you can and give them a try. As always, the tasting fee is just $5, and the beers will be available by the glass as well. We’ll go from noon to 5 PM – hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Pine Ridge 2013 Chenin Blanc-Viognier (Clarksburg) $14.99
This wine 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 citrus, pear and melon fruit flavors.
Columbia Winery Composition Red (Columbia Valley) $11.99
The Composition is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – a grape that Columbia Winery introduced to Washington State. The wine is soft and velvety, with blackberry aromas and ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and currant framed by hints of spicy oak.
Chateau Pesquié 2012 Terrasses Ventoux (Rhone Valley, France) $16.99
Although Chateau Pesquié is in the southern Rhone, the altitude and thus cooler temperatures of Mt. Ventoux lend the terroir more northern Rhone-like characteristics of texture and finesse. An intense nose exudes spicy notes, especially black pepper. This blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah offers round tannins and plenty of rich dark fruit.
Gauchezco 2011 Cabernet Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) $17.99
Better known for Malbec, the Mendoza region of Argentina also produces superb Cabernets. This Reserva offers dense, delicious dark fruit character on a silky frame. Firm tannins give it plenty of traction throu a fine, lingering finish.
Belle Glos 2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir (California) $19.99
Belle Glos crafts distinctive Pinot Noirs sourced from California’s finest growing regions. Their Meiomi bottling is a blend of fruit from their Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey County vineyards. The result is a lusciously rich, fruity and surprisingly complex Pinot at a great price.
Justin 2012 Justification (Paso Robles) $39.99
The Justification has always been one of California’s highest expressions of Cabernet Franc. The 2012 vintage offers aromas of cherry, currant and leather, with a smooth palate and lush, pure red fruit flavors. Hints of caramel and cinnamon from French oak aging round out this superb red blend.
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.
Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva (Penedès, Spain) $14.99
The Gran Cuvée Reserva Cava is primarily vinted from the Penedès region’s indigenous Macabeo and Parellada grapes, but with small additions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to give it greater richness, balance and complexity. The wine’s depth and structure is then enhanced by aging on the lees for an extended period.
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