Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
In honor of Oktoberfest kicking off this week in Munich, Bavaria (I made it there last year and I can tell you it’s one seriously good time), the Old Town Wine Cellar will try to bring some of that Oktoberfest spirit to Yuma with another of our Saturday Beer Tastings this week. Stop by this Saturday afternoon, September 13th between noon and 5 PM to try our six beers of the month – tasting fee is just $5 as always. It’ll be another great mix of savory imported ales and interesting American craft brews, so stop by Saturday and raise a glass!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Callaway 2012 Hybrid White (North Coast) $11.99
Callaway’s Hybrid is an unusual white blend that makes a fine summer quaffer. A mix of 40% Verdelho, 35% Viognier and 25% Gewurztraminer, this offers bright floral aromas, citrus notes and a lightly sweet impression up front, but ends with a clean, crisp and refreshing finish.
Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California) $19.99
This Pinot Noir is sourced from California’s finest growing regions for the varietal, a blend of fruit from premium Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County and Monterey County vineyards. The result is a lusciously rich, fruity and surprisingly complex Pinot at a great price.
Quattro Mani 2010 Barbera (Piedmont, Italy) $11.99
This Barbera from Italy’s northern Piedmont region offers hints of blackberries and spice on the nose, with pleasant oak notes from 12 months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with dark cherry and mixed berry flavors.
Zin-Phomaniac 2012 Zinfandel (Lodi) $16.99
With tempting aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and spice, the Zin-Phomaniac is a complex, full-bodied Zin with juicy, approachable flavors of ripe red-purple fruit and dark chocolate. A light kiss of vanilla and a touch of sweet spice add depth to the long, satisfying mouthfeel.
Banfi 2010 Belnero (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99
Banfi’s Belnero is a Super-Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose exudes fruity notes of blackberries and spicy hints of tobacco and coffee. In the mouth, this wine is powerful, warm and soft, ending with a savory note of spicy vanilla.
Trinchero 2009 Napa Valley Merlot, Chicken Ranch Vineyard (Napa Valley) $29.99
Situated on the northern edge of the Rutherford appellation, Trinchero’s 28-acre Chicken Ranch Vineyard yields elegant and distinctive Merlots. The 2009 release is an old-world style with red raspberry and cigar-box aromas, rich dark fruit flavors and structured tannins.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Fogdog 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $29.99
Fogdog is the second label of premier Napa Valley winery Joseph Phelps. This Cabernet is made with grapes that didn’t quite make the cut for Phelps’ esteemed Estate Cabernet and Insignia bottlings. It’s a delicious Cabernet in its own right that’s crafted for immediate enjoyment.
Kistler 2012 Chardonnay Les Noisetiers (Sonoma Coast) $59.99
The grapes for this wine were whole-cluster pressed and fermented in 30% new French oak with indigenous yeasts, then bottled unfined and unfiltered after ten months of barrel aging. Perfectly balanced, it’s packed with vivid white fruit flavors and threaded with a vibrant acidity that reverberates across the palate. The lively finish goes on and on…
Graffigna 2012 Elevation Red (Pedernal Valley, Argentina) $12.99
The Elevation Red is a beautifully balanced Argentinean blend of Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Tannat grapes. The nose is full of rich berry fruit plus a spicy touch of toast. The palate offers ripe dark berry fruit and fresh red fruit acidity, with well-integrated tannins.
Santo Tomás 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Guadelupe Valley, Mexico) $17.99
This Baja Cabernet is a bright, medium-bodied red with a nose of fresh red fruits and savory spice notes. The palate offers a nice mix of black cherry and wild berry fruit, with light tannins and good acidity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364