Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday evening, August 5th the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will be jamming again right down the street at Lutes’ Casino, presenting the second-to-the-last installment of the 2016 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. The special guest performer this time will be Trombonist Ernie Ortega. Ernie performs in a range of groups and genres locally, and will play some of his jazz favorites with the Yuma Jazz Company. The concert will go from 7 to 9 PM with no cover, presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Come celebrate the arrival of August here in Historic Downtown Yuma Friday evening, and be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar when you do!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2012 Schiefer Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $16.99
F W Gymnasium’s Schiefer is crafted in the drier style that’s most favored in Germany – trocken (off-dry), much like the Rieslings produced in the neighboring Alsace region of France. It’s a bright, jazzy style of wine, with tangy acidity and fresh, snappy peach, apricot and apple flavors.
Martin Ray 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $18.99
100% Pinot Noir, this wine spent 8 months in French oak. It shows a wonderful bright ruby color, and offers aromas of wild berry fruit with a light touch of earth. The flavors are full of cherry and raspberry with a soft finish – a perfect match with grilled salmon.
Jack’s House 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon $14.99
Jack’s House 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and elegant, with scents of black currants and dark cherries accented by hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Alluring flavors of ripe blackberries and blueberries create a lush mid-palate, coming to a rich and savory finish.
Gerard Bertrand 2011 Pic Saint Loup (Coteaux du Languedoc, France) $17.99
The village of Pic Saint Loup in the Coteaux du Languedoc region of southern France is famous for the quality and terroir of its wines. Flanked by limestone cliffs, with optimal sun exposure and cooling Mediterranean breezes, the soils produce richly concentrated reds with vivid flavors of ripe dark fruits and accents of thyme and spices.
Markham Vineyards 2013 Cellar 1879 Blend (Napa Valley) $22.99
Six different varietals make up Markham’s Cellar 1879 red blend. Merlot takes the lead, along with Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot. The wine offers plenty of rich dark fruit character, edged with accents of smoky, toasty oak.
La Braccesca 2012 Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) $24.99
This Vino Nobile has aromas of crushed cherries, plus undertones of coffee and fennel on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced, with velvety tannins that are wrapped around a juicy, fruity core. Black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors show intriguing hints of spice and mint.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Zenato 2011 Valpolicella Ripassa (Veneto, Italy) $29.99
This Ripassa opens with aromas of juicy black plums and coffee-scented spice. In the mouth, a ripe core of juicy currant and black plum fruit is accented with elements of spice and toasted oak. It’s a rich, mouth-filling red, with fruit-drenched tannins and a lingering, spicy finish.
Alpine Brewing Duet IPA (San Diego County) $7.99
Duet is a West Coast IPA made with Amarillo and Simcoe hops “in harmony,” giving a light floral aroma. It has a nicely bitter edge, with the perfect underlying amount of malts concealed behind all that hoppy goodness. It’s an immensely drinkable and surprisingly subtle, smooth, mellow IPA.
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Wing Over Barleywine Ale (Redlands, California) $19.99
Wing Over is a big, complex American-style Barleywine that’s enhanced by dry hopping and then aged for six months in charred oak rye whiskey & bourbon barrels. Spicy aromas of rich caramel, hoppy citrus, bourbon and oak spill from the glass. Layered flavors of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, spices and rye whiskey mingle on a lasting finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364