Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Summer’s finally starting to wane just a slight bit – you can’t deny it’s a tad cooler of late in the early mornings. That seems like a good reason to have another of the Wine Cellar’s Saturday afternoon beer tastings! This coming Saturday, August 17th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, we’ll pour another great new selection of the Cellar’s many fine imported ales and American craft beers. As always, the tasting fee is just $5 to sample some darn tasty brews, so wander down to the Cellar this Saturday and have a cold one – or two!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:
Laetitia 2011 Estate Chardonnay (Arroyo Grande) $15.99
Laetitia’s estate Chardonnay delivers deliciously ripe pineapple, spicy vanilla, pear and green apple flavors. On the palate, it shows a silky elegance underlying all the lush tropical fruit, accented by toasty/spicy vanilla notes from barrel aging.
Siduri 2011 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $21.99
Supple and nicely ripe, this Oregon Pinot begins with heady aromas of blueberries, black cherries and violets. In the mouth, the generous dark cherry and raspberry fruit is shaded by white pepper and spice notes that linger enticingly on the clean finish.
Viña Eguía 2007 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $14.99
On the nose, this Rioja offers exotic aromas of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. A smooth, velvety palate has abundant dark cherry and black plum fruit flavors, plus exotic hints of fresh earth, tobacco and Indian spice that carry to the finish.
Pascual Toso 2010 Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) $17.99
A finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose. It’s fresh and bouncy on the palate, with lots of blackberry, blueberry and briar flavors. The fruit stays fresh and flavorful through the juicy finish.
Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache (McLaren Vale, Australia) $24.99
The grapes for this wine come from dry-farmed bush vines planted in 1946. It’s a rich and spicy red with vivid flavors of plum, blackberry and blackberry fruit. Firm yet polished tannins, balanced acidity and a touch of white pepper spice give this an intriguing blend of opulence and finesse.
Truchard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $32.99
This opens with aromas of raspberry, dark cherry and cassis, with hints of cedar and vanilla. The palate is layered with flavors of dark plums, red currants and berry jam. Firm tannins focus the palate and provide a lengthy finish of spice and red fruit.
Laguna Ranch 2011 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) $22.99
A perfumed and intensely concentrated Chardonnay, this is fermented only with the “wild” or indigenous yeast that exists on the grapes at harvest, and it’s bottled unfiltered. It’s infused with lush notes of nectarines, citrus, and acacia blossoms.
Atalon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $27.99
Atalon’s 2010 Cabernet opens with with sweet aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum and cedar. It’s soft and rich on the palate, with abundant ripe black fruit, olive, dried herbs, spice, integrated oak and a note of dark chocolate.
Pasqua 2010 Rosso Passimento (Veneto, Italy) $15.99
Essentially a turbo-charged Valpolicella, this is made from partially dried grapes to concentrate the flavors prior to fermentation. It contains some Merlot in addition to the indigenous Corvina and Croatina grapes to add smoothness. The result is a succulent red with flavors of red cherry jam, raisin and spice, yet savory and dry through the finish.
Lagunitas Lucky 13 American Red Ale (San Marcos, California) $5.99
Lucky 13 ‘Mondo Large Red Ale’ pours a crystal clear red-amber color with a fluffy head. The nose is big and clean, packed with floral malt aromas and citrusy hops. The taste follows the nose, with plenty of roasty malts and a big, but balanced hop profile. This is one very large, but very satisfying ale.
Od Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364