Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
One more week and Fall will officially be here! To celebrate, you might want to check out Yuma’s 9th Annual Hip Hop Dance Festival & Show at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street) this Saturday, September 19th. The show begins at 7PM, presented by Jazz of Yuma with Yuma’s own Tricia Miranda joined by other master dancers and choreographers in the Hip Hop industry performing on stage. Tickets are $15, available at Dawn’s Dance Studio, or order them on-line at www.dawnsdancestudio.org. For more info, call Dawn at 329-6858.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
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.
District 7 2012 Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $15.99
California has 17 official grape crush districts, of which Monterey County is District #7. The cooler temperatures there create perfect conditions for growing quality Pinot Noir. This was aged in a combination of new and neutral oak to produce an elegant, complex wine with bright aromas and vivid dark fruit flavors.
Domaine La Garrigue 2011 Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France) $15.99
This is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah sourced from 60 to 90 year old vines. A fresh nose gives pepper, red fruit and some earthy aromas. In the mouth, red fruit flavors of raspberry and plum show plenty of brightness and acidity, with youthful tannins and sweet spice accents.
Lyeth 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $14.99
This Sonoma Cabernet shows expressive aromas of spicy black cherry and ripe blackberry, with light notes of cedar and mocha. Mouthfilling flavors of juicy black and red fruits are laced with accents of herbs and spices, all through a fine, lingering finish.
Tenet Wines 2013 The Pundit Syrah (Columbia Valley) $21.99
The Pundit is a collaboration between Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle and acclaimed winemaker Michel Gassier of France’s Rhone Valley. The wine displays classic varietal flavors of black raspberries, violets, spice and vanilla bean on an elegant and seamless texture.
Vinos Lechuza 2011 Amantes (Valle de Guadelupe, Mexico) $34.99
Vinos Lechuza’s Amantes is a Baja California blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Grenache. It was barrel aged for two years in both French and American oak. The result is a wine with a rich nose of violets and dark plums, and a structured yet expansive palate of dark fruits.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
San Giorgio Ugolforte 2010 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $59.99
This offers a nose of super-ripe black fruit, flowers, spices, chocolate, sweet oak and a delicate hint of earth. It’s full-bodied and nicely rich, full of blackberry, black currant and subtle toasty oak, plus notes of anise, menthol, cedar and minerals that together form a superbly intense and elegant wine.
Domaine Lafage 2013 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes (Côtes Catalanes, France) $14.99
The Tessellae Vieilles Vignes is made from 100% Carignan grapes sourced from 70 year-old vines growing in the Côtes Catalanes region very close to the Spanish border. It’s fermented in concrete tanks and neutral oak to preserve the natural purity and complexity of the fruit that’s obtained from such old vines.
Four Vines 2011 Truant Old Vine Zinfandel $12.99
Four Vines Winery specializes in Zinfandels from all over California. Their 2011 Truant Old Vine Zinfandel is 90% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera and 3% Petite Sirah sourced from Lodi, Paso Robles and Mendocino County. It’s lush and juicy in the mouth, with ripe, brambly wild berry flavors edged with pepper and spice notes.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364