Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Yuma Art Center’s TGIF Summer Movie Series wraps up this Friday, July 26th at 7PM with a special screening of a really classic family film, and a personal favorite – The Princess Bride. A young lad’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. Of course you’ve seen it (probably lots of times), but it’s both hilarious and touching, and seeing it on the big screen in a beautiful classic setting like the Historic Yuma Theatre is going to make it even more special. It’s a fitting finale to a great 2019 summer movie festival by the Yuma Art Center – don’t miss it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Castelfeder 2018 Vom Stein Pinot Bianco (Alto Adige, Italy) $19.99 Vom Stein refers to the soil composition of the Castelfeder vineyards. Lying at an altitude of 2,000 feet above sea level, the soils are primarily composed of dolomite limestone, which imparts structure, elegance and freshness to this Burgundian grape varietal. The result is a lively and vibrant white wine.
Frescobaldi 2016 Remolè (Tuscany, Italy) $11.99 Remolè opens with fragrant scents of red and black fruits, lifted by spicy impressions of black pepper and licorice. The entry is velvety and warm, and the components on the palate are well balanced, with a tasty vein of acidity. A blend of 85% Sangiovese & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bodegas Faustino 2014 Faustino VII (Rioja, Spain) $10.99 The Faustino VII begins with bright aromas of currant, cherry and a note of vanilla. The bouquet is followed with balanced and velvety flavors of red cherries and raspberries. The finish is expressive and long, with a pleasant touch of vanilla-laced oak toast.
Robert Hall 2014 Syrah (Paso Robles) $18.99 Aromas of blackberries and blueberries meld with suggestions of dark chocolate, clove and oak on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of dark cherries, boysenberries, and blueberries along with nuances of sweet spices, chocolate and cedar. The rich fruit is framed with polished tannins.
Joel Gott 2017 Shatter Grenache (Cotes Catalanes, France) $22.99 A collaboration by California winemakers Joel Gott & Dave Phinney, the Shatter Grenache is sourced from 60 year-old hillside vines in the far south of France. This wine achieves a unique melding of New World freshness and opulence with “Old World” character and complexity.
Ridge 2017 East Bench Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) $32.99 East Bench shows the characteristic cherry fruit and dusty spice that are the hallmarks of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley appellation. Deep ruby in hue with mixed red fruit aromas on the nose, the palate is layered with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, plus subtle vanilla and oak spice. Fine-grained tannins and bright tart-cherry acidity are melded beautifully through the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Finca Nueva 2010 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $27.99 This Reserva is a superb representation of what a top-level Rioja has that no other region or country can offer: a remarkable combination of fresh, bright fruit and toasty vanilla notes along with the classic “forest floor”, dried herb and earth character of a fine, well-aged Tempranillo.
Napa Cellars 2017 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $17.99 This Chardonnay displays classic Napa characteristics, opening with aromas of vanilla, caramel, honeydew melon and a hint of apple crisp. Flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe pears and toasted coconut fill a rich palate. The mouthfeel shows balanced acidity, with a creamy finish.
Altemasi Brut Sparkling Wine (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy) $23.99 From the Dolomite Mountains of far northern Italy, this is a clean, crisp and richly flavored sparkler. Apple and pleasant toasty scents precede a tingling palate of ripe golden apple, white pear and floral flavors that are fully dry, and supported by fresh, zesty acidity.
Port Brewing 12th Anniversary Double IPA (San Diego) $7.99 This hugely hopped strong IPA is specially brewed and released every summer to celebrate the anniversary of Port Brewing’s founding. The use of five different hop varieties along with some judicious dry-hopping imparts an intense pine and citrus character to this bold brew.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364