Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
A few miscellaneous notes post-holiday weekend to start off what will hopefully be a pleasant and mellow September here in the desert Southwest, at least with respect to the weather:
After a few weeks delay, the city has gotten around to closing off 3rd Street between Gila and Main Streets to start the last phase of the roadwork we’ve endured hereabouts this summer. The upshot is that the intersection of Maiden Lane & 3rd will be closed all month; therefore to get to the Wine Cellar from Giss Parkway just remember to turn on Gila Street instead of Maiden Lane.
…and don’t forget, tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time for another edition of Wine, Women and Networking here at the Wine Cellar. If you haven’t made to one yet, it’s a fun gathering of professional women from all sorts of different businesses in the community that goes from 5:30 to 7:30. There’s always plenty of good stuff to nosh on, and of course great wine to go with it, and lots of interesting people to talk with and get to know. Try to stop by the Cellar if you can and join in!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Donnafugata 2017 Anthilia (Sicily, Italy) $15.99 Primarily based on the native Cataratto grape varietal, Anthilia is bright and juicy, with heady aromas of fragrant white flowers, citrus and ripe orchard fruits. Mirroring the nose, the refreshing palate delivers crisp apple, pear and nectarine flavors plus a note of Mediterranean garrigue.
Storypoint 2015 California Pinot Noir $14.99 A deep garnet color in the glass, this offers aromas of flowers and strawberries. The flavor profile offers cherries, strawberries and spices plus a pleasant hint of cedar. Smooth and well-balanced tannins carry this to a silky, long and very satisfying finish.
Cameron Hughes 2012 Lot 454 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi) $8.99 This Old Vine Lodi Zin exudes aromas of sweet vanilla, fennel and ripe blueberries and boysenberries. It’s lush and juicy on the palate, overflowing with ripe, brambly wild berry fruit flavors that culminate in a long finish edged with pepper and spice.
Cantina Zaccagnini 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy) $17.99 This native southern Italian red is an intense ruby red in hue, with a rich bouquet of blackberries and flowers. The flavors are lavish and rich; a mix of dark cherries and plums with elements of rhubarb, cocoa and coffee. The mouthfeel is velvet-soft, with mellow tannins.
Qupé 2015 Syrah (Central Coast) $19.99 This is a vibrant Syrah, overflowing with ripe black fruit on the nose, followed up by notes of pepper and oak. Vivid fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and stewed plums are tinged with accents of mocha, expresso and cinnamon that come to a firm, lingering finish.
Truchard 2016 Merlot (Carneros) $29.99 Truchard Winery’s Carneros estate consists of 380 acres of gently rolling hills, with a variety of soils: clay, shale, sandstone and limestone. The combination of terroir, geology and marine-moderated temperatures makes it an ideal growing location. This Merlot offers bright aromas and flavors of blueberry, plum and black cherry, with pleasant spice accents.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Taittinger La Francaise Brut Champagne (Reims, France) $49.99 La Française is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages, aged on its lees a minimum of four years. It has a subtle, pale gold hue with a fine and persistent moussé. Delicate aromas of peaches, white flowers, vanilla pod and brioche mingle on the nose, followed by rich, toasty flavors of fresh fruits and honey.
Ruffino Sparkling Rosé (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy) $14.99 Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is a fresh, fragrant bubbly, with bright aromas of strawberries and rose petals. In the glass it produces a stream of elegant bubbles and refreshing acidity, and alluring flavors of delicate red berries and orchard fruits that linger nicely.
Julian Pearanormal Hard Cider (Julian, California) $7.99 Pearanormal Hard Cider is made with fresh-pressed Julian apples, then steeped in mint leaves and blended with pear and lime juices. A tamer (and more fruit-forward) take on a mojito, this hard cider is juicy, fresh and zesty, with a deliciously light kiss of sweetness.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364