Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Welcome to September everyone! It’s still a tad warmer out than most of us might really call comfortable, but temperatures hereabouts do seem to be trending lower as the week wears on, and we can all be thankful for that. Already early evenings are getting a lot more pleasant here in Historic Downtown Yuma, and that’s a great reason to head down here when the work day is done and the sun starts setting in the west and enjoy the unique ambience that downtown has to offer, including of course wine tasting at the Wine Cellar. We have some brand new wines this week as well as some old favorites, so stop by the Cellar sometime this week and give them a try!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Landmark 2012 Overlook Chardonnay (California) $19.99
The ‘California’ designation belies the fact that this Chardonnay is sourced from acclaimed vineyards such as Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley and Lone Oak in the Russian River Valley. This offers all the richness expected from premier California Chards, yet has excellent balance and freshness. A creamy, lasting finish offers notes of Bosc pear, citrus and toasted hazelnut.
Black Stallion 2012 Pinot Noir (Los Carneros) $22.99
Earthy and savory, this Carneros Pinot is soft and velvety on the palate, entirely inviting and mellow. The flavors are marked by delicious black cherry and raspberry fruit, plus complex notes of herbs and fennel. A cool minerality and fresh acidity lead this to a long, layered finish.
Dow Vale do Bomfim (Douro Valley, Portugal) $12.99
This Portuguese blend of native red varietals has a juicy core of cherry, plum and raspberry flavors marked by firm acidity. The lively fruit is supported by elegant tannins and a fine, savory finish is accented by a light hint of white pepper.
Barossa Valley Estate 2013 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre (Barossa Valley, Australia) $17.99
This ‘GSM’ is rich, dense and focused, a chewy mouthful of plum, raspberry and spice flavors on a velvety texture. A fine example of a Rhone-style blend from Down Under, offering balance and finesse while still retaining all the juicy exuberance that Aussie reds are renowned for.
Michel Gassier 2013 Le Fervent Syrah (Costières de Nîmes, France) $21.99
Costières de Nîmes is the southern-most appellation of the Rhône Valley, close by the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its strong maritime influence, this wine exhibits the freshness, elegance and complexity that’s characteristic of Syrahs from the cool northern Rhône Valley, birthplace of this noble varietal.
Duckhorn 2011 Paraduxx (Napa Valley) $39.99
Duckhorn’s Paraduxx, a Napa Valley Zinfandel-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend, opens with vibrant aromas of raspberry, cherry, cedar and spice, with a touch of caramelized brown sugar. Dark cherry and red raspberry fruit flavors greet the palate, accented with rich, compelling layers of cedar and sweet oak.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
J Lohr 2012 Tower Road Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $19.99
Vivid, pure blackberry-raspberry-blueberry flavors are terrifically ripe, juicy and deeply concentrated. Full-bodied tannins manage to stay in the background to let a delicious core of dark fruit flavors swirl on the palate. Peppery accents enliven the lasting finish.
Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Wehlener Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany) $24.99
This offers enticing aromas of ripe apricot, peach, pear and floral tones on the nose. The palate is creamy and layered, imparting a fine savory quality to the medley of apple, citrus and pear flavors. An underlying spine of mineral notes and tangy, crisp acidity frame a buoyant finish.
Marcarini 2013 Lasarin Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99
The Marcarini family has made wines in the Piedmont since the 1800’s. The Lasarin is made from younger Nebbiolo vines in the famous Cru’s of La Morra and Montaldo. It has the typical Nebbiolo fragrance, finesse and acidity, but with a pleasant, fruity freshness. In the mouth it’s dry, balanced, velvety and enjoyably tannic.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364