Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’ve finally reached August, which means there are only two more performances of the 2015 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. The live jazz takes place just half a block down the street at Lutes’ Casino this Friday evening, August 7th, and the next-to-the-last concert will feature the Yuma Jazz Company’s Brian Carlson rejoining the group after some time away recovering from shoulder surgery. The blues-oriented saxophonist will be featured on a number of his signature tunes. The show goes on from 7 to 9 PM, with no cover, presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. Time is running out, so catch some great live jazz on a warm summer evening in Historic Downtown this Friday while you still can!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Sobon Estate 2013 Viognier (Amador County) $14.99
Dry and full-bodied, this finely structured version of Viognier has subtle fruit aromas of melon and peach, with similar flavors accented by a light note of vanilla, a firm texture and clean finish. A substantial white, this should pair beautifully with seafood dishes, salads and creamy sauces.
Villadoria 2010 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $16.99
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a beautiful garnet red in the glass. The nose offers a mix of toasty vanilla, rose petal and spice notes. The palate is velvety and very welcoming, with a warm, complex profile of red cherry fruit, licorice, spices and a subtle underlay of toasty vanilla from one year of oak aging.
Cosentino 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi) $12.99
Cosentino’s 2012 ‘The Cab’ is bright crimson in color, with sage and currants on the nose. It’s medium bodied, with youthful red fruit flavors of cherries and pomegranates accented by savory spice notes that come in at the finish. A versatile, fresh and food-friendly Cabernet.
Guenoc 2012 Petite Sirah (Lake County) $14.99
A deep purple in hue, this Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate offers a rich, full mouthfeel, with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, dark cherry and spicy plum.
Chateau Blaignan 2010 Médoc (Bordeaux, France) $22.99
Chateau Blaignan is the oldest winemaking estate in the Médoc, dating back to the14th Century. The 2010 is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A fragrant bouquet of cassis and black cherry with hints of spice leads to an ample, fruit-filled palate that’s carried on polished tannins.
Wine Guerrilla 2010 Zinfandel, Conte Vineyard (Russian River Valley) $24.99
This is a delicious ‘field blend’ of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Carignan. A rich nose of spicy cherry pie has hints of tobacco and leather. Give it a few minutes to open, and you’ll be rewarded with well-integrated tannins and deep, complex flavors of black cherry, plum and peppery spice with a touch of espresso. Only 120 cases were produced.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Domaine Giraud 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Premices (Rhone Valley, France) $41.99
Domaine Giraud’s Premices has beautiful Provençal scents of ripe blackberries and currants along with toasty spice and earth accents. A blend dominated by Grenache, it has a full-bodied richness with excellent depth on the palate, showing exotic notes of cured meat, bay leaf and fresh tobacco.
ZD Wines 2013 California Chardonnay $32.99
The fruit for ZD’s 45th Vintage Chardonnay was sourced from coastal appellations in Carneros, Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties. Bright aromas of guava and citrus fruits are accented by notes of orange blossoms and sweet vanilla. The palate is creamy and lush, with pleasant acidity and subtle, well-integrated oak.
Manteo 2012 Red Blend (Sonoma County) $17.99
A selection of fruit from vineyards located thoughout Sonoma County, the debut vintage of Manteo shows fine depth and richness and balanced flavors of boysenberry, black cherry and cassis. A blend of the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, along with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes.
Hangar 24 Double IPA (Redlands, California) $7.99
Assertive and yet highly drinkable, Double IPA is California’s gift to beer lovers. This is brewed with four distinctly American hops: Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe, plus five malts and a dose of local orange blossom honey adding a light hint of sweetness.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364