Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The 2017 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series continues this week as renowned local piano stylist Jimmy Caves performs with the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet just down the street at Lutes Casino (221 S. Main) right here in Historic Downtown Yuma. The show goes on Friday evening, July 21st at 7PM and continues until 9PM (with no cover), presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Jimmy has impressed and entertained local audiences in a variety of venues and settings since the 1970s – always in his own engaging style. It’ll be a great way to complete your evening here in Old Town after wine tasting at the Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Mount Eden 2013 Chardonnay, Wolff Vineyard (Edna Valley) $22.99
This opens with lush tropical tones of orange blossoms, pineapple and honeyed peach, along with a buttery note of pastry crust. The elegant palate brings in a measure of balancing minerality, and a satisfying measure of toasty oak adds to the wine’s creamy, rich character.
Michele Chiarlo 2013 Le Orme Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $14.99
Le Orme is an enticing Italian red, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors accented by touches of violet and mineral. Barbera’s vibrant acidic structure combined with its easygoing tannins make this a great table wine.
Calina 2013 Carmenere Reserva (Maule Valley, Chile) $10.99
Carmenere is native to France’s Bordeaux region, but it’s now grown almost exclusively in Chile. This wine offers the varietal’s characteristically bold, spicy, smoky essence. Black raspberry and plum flavors ride on a velvety texture, laced with nuances of mocha and herbs.
Gérard Bertrand 2014 Corbières (Languedoc, France) $18.99
This red sings of southern France. The nose is redolent of violets, dried herbs, cassis and raspberry. The palate is smooth and enticing, with black cherry, currant and raspberry fruit flavors edged with hints of violets, herbs and spice. It ends with a bright, persistent finish.
Valravn 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $18.99
Valravn Old Vine Sonoma Zin has layers of richness and complexity wrapped round a wild strawberry and raspberry core. The nose has alluring notes of espresso roast, violets and ripe dark fruits. It’s just as rich on the palate, offering flavors of raspberry and blackberry compote, along with notes of vanilla and licorice-laced black pepper.
Hess Collection 2013 Allomi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $26.99
This mountain-grown Napa Cabernet opens with scents of ripe plum and currant, with exotic accents of licorice and cedar. The flavors are vivid and pure, with juicy dark berry and plum fruit. Beautifully polished tannins carry it to a rich and lingering finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Celler Cecilio 2014 Black Slate Gratallops (Priorat, Spain) $22.99
This wine is a blend of older and younger vine fruit from August Cecilio’s vineyards close by the village of Gratallops in the Priorat region of northeast Spain. It’s a blend of Garnacha, Cariñena and Syrah, offering delicious blackberry, blueberry and floral flavors edged with exotic spice accents.
Vigneti del Vulture 2014 Pipoli Greco-Fiano (Basilicata, Italy) $17.99
The vineyards (vigneti) del Vulture take their name from a nearby extinct volcano. This wine is a blend of 60% Greco and 40% Fiano grapes. The nose exudes an intense bouquet of ripe tropical fruits with intriguing spice hints. The palate is fresh and lively, with zesty acidity.
Fonterutoli 2012 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $22.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets. The palate is medium in body, with firm tannins and pleasant acidity. Classic Chianti flavors of ripe black cherries and plums are accented by a hint of fennel.
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale (Petaluma, California) $5.99
Some say that hoppy beers have ‘jumped the shark’, with brewers everywhere trying to brew the most bitter beer ever. Lagunitas focused on enhancing flavors and aromas in this beer, letting the malt keep up with all that hoppy bitterness so you’ll want another. And another. And another. And that’s when you get start to get stoopid…
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364