Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Summer really must be starting to wind down – the first Block Party of the season here in Historic Downtown is this Friday evening, August 21st. Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main Street! by Yuma Heritage Festivals is a fun downtown event that celebrates summer in the great Southwest. Per the Heritage Festivals folks, here’s what you can expect:
- Enjoy fun LIVE music provided by Tanner Gomes Band and DJ Money.
- Lots of classic cars at the Hot Summer Nights Car Show hosted by United Yuma Firefighters Association.
- Free watermelon slices, sponsored by Bare Naked Soap Company.
- Chill out in the frozen playground, sponsored by Western Arizona Council of Government and ReddyIce.
- Find something unique at a booth or one of the many Downtown Yuma shops.
- Try something new at one of the many food vendors and Downtown Yuma restaurants.
- Keep cool as you enjoy the festivities with a light mist provided by the City of Yuma Fire Department.
- PLUS jumpers, water slides, face painting and more!
We’ve got lots of summer here in our corner of the world; might as well celebrate it. The Block Party goes on from 6 to 11PM, so stay around after you spend some time tasting great wine in our cool Cellar and enjoy the heat on the Main Street Plaza!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium 2011 Riesling Trocken (Mosel Valley, Germany) $16.99
This wine was 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, racy style, with tangy acidity and fresh, snappy peach, apricot and apple flavors.
Three Knights 2012 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $17.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this exhibits all the delicacy and allure of this classic varietal. Notes of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through the deep, rich dark-fruit core. The palate is well balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
Il Moline di Grace 2009 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $20.99
This Classico offers 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 mix with hints of spice on the finish.
Boneshaker 2013 Zinfandel (Lodi) $14.99
This bright ruby-colored Zin offers a light fragrance of sweet baking spices on the nose. The palate has a fine mix of fresh acidity, easy tannins and plenty of Zinny personality, with flavors of ripe blackberries, damson plums, sweet mocha and spice.
Numanthia 2011 Termes (Toro, Spain) $19.99
The Termes stands out for its lively character that perfectly expresses the Toro region of Spain. Extended maceration of the grapes and regular racking during 16 months of French oak aging gives the wine a lively mix of fruit and structure, enlivened by savory accents of cedar and spice.
Summers Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $31.99
This Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with fruit sourced from select vineyard sites in Napa’s Calistoga appellation, including the Summers family’s own Villa Andriana Vineyard. It’s an elegant and balanced wine with sweet dark cherry and black currant notes interwoven with nuances of dark chocolate and espresso.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Stonestreet 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $34.99
Sourced from Stonestreet’s Monument Ridge Vineyard, this Estate Cabernet offers aromas and flavors of dried blackberry leaves, juniper, cardamom, wild red berries, black pepper and wet, black slate. The mouthfeel is defined by firm and well-structured tannins with a distinct concentration, a swirl of dark chocolate and a subtle sagebrush note so typical of this vineyard.
Newton 2013 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $19.99
This Chardonnay offers a bouquet of vibrant fruit notes, from melon to green apple. The flavors balance ripe fig and pear fruit with racy acidity, and notes of vanilla from barrel fermentation. The grapes were primarily sourced from Newton’s sustainably farmed Los Carneros Estate vineyard, and the wine was aged 12 months in French oak before bottling.
Michel Gassier 2013 Le Fervent Syrah (Costières de Nîmes, France) $19.99
Costières de Nîmes is the southern-most appellation of France’s Rhône Valley, close to the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to the strong maritime influence, this wine exhibits the freshness, elegance and complexity characteristic of Syrahs from the cooler Northern Rhône, the birthplace of this noble varietal.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364