Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I want to apologize to anyone who has attempted to e-mail the Wine Cellar in the past week; the shop’s website was hacked and e-mails going in or out have been stopped cold. We are trying to get the situation rectified as quickly as we can, so please bear with us if you’ve been trying to contact the Cellar recently. And please stop by anytime you happen make it down to the Historic Downtown area and you’ll be able to personally convey any messages you might have, over a glass of good wine!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Franciscan Estate 2014 Equilibrium (Napa Valley) $17.99
Equilibrium blends Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with a smaller portion of Muscat to create a vibrant white. An alluring bouquet offers notes of lime, honeysuckle and peach. Mineral notes mix with jasmine and passionfruit flavors in this crisp and refreshing wine.
Sassoregale 2014 Sangiovese (Tuscany, Italy) $15.99
A perfect expression of Tuscan Sangiovese, this offers classic varietal aromas of spiced dark cherries accented by a subtle hints of herbs and earth. The palate is a bath of sweet red currants supported by fine, gripping tannins, finishing with a persistent, savory richness.
Monte Volpe 2012 Primo Rosso (Mendocino County) $11.99
Monte Volpe’s wines are crafted exclusively with grapes of Italian origin that are deep in color and rich in both fragrance and flavor. This Italianate red blend is fruity and savory, with aromas and flavors of spicy plum and boysenberry.
Terlato & Chapoutier 2012 Shiraz-Viognier (Victoria, Australia) $19.99
A collaboration by noted Rhone Valley vintner Michel Chapoutier of France and Napa Valley’s Anthony Terlato, this Shiraz open with rich dark cherry and currant aromas, plus dark chocolate and toasty accents. Ripe berry and pomegranate flavors are carried on a silky-smooth texture.
Twenty Rows 2012 Merlot (Napa Valley) $22.99
This is an elegant, balanced Napa Merlot, made with fruit sourced from prime Valley vineyards. A rich bouquet of black cherries also offers a note of vanilla from oak barrel aging. A vibrant fruit character of black cherry and wild berry fruit flavors is framed by smooth, supple tannins.
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.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Marchesi dé Frescobaldi 2013 Tenuta di Castiglioni (Tuscany, Italy) $24.99
Tenuta di Castiglioni is Frescobaldi’s proprietary Super-Tuscan, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The nose exudes a rich medley of dark cherry and chocolate aromas. Rich flavors of crushed cherries and red currants and savory notes of dried herbs swirl on a silky, refined palate.
MacRostie 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) $19.99
Delicate floral aromas introduce this wine, followed by lemon citrus and peach stone fruit notes. The wine has a soft entry, with a nice hint of pie-crust spice plus candied orange peel. There’s a rich and pleasing fullness on the mid-palate, and it finishes with a crisp and lasting citrus-zest character.
Vidal-Fleury 2013 Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) $14.99
This Rhone red offers an intense, complex bouquet, with notes of ripe red raspberries accented by an exotic hint of black pepper. Abundantly ripe, fresh dark raspberry and plum fruit dominates the palate, edged by the characteristic Cotes-du-Rhone spice.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364