Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
In case you weren’t aware, September is Hunger Action Month. According to www.feedingamerica.org, “Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans including 15 million children. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks believes the problem of hunger IS solvable, and we’re leading the fight to end it. We’re asking everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.” The Yuma Community Food Bank is partnering with local businesses, including the Old Town Wine Cellar, to highlight Hunger Action Month. For our part, on the next two Tuesdays, September 20th & 27th, the Wine Cellar will offer a half-price wine tasting to anyone who brings in a canned or packaged food item for the Food Bank. So check your pantry and see what you can do – just one item will get you the deal, but more is always better!
Also, I want to let everyone know that Wednesday thru Friday, September 21-23 and Tuesday, September 27, the Wine Cellar will have slightly altered business hours, opening at 1 PM instead of our usual 11 AM opening. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience, and we hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands) $24.99
Mer Soleil is always among California’s richest and most distinctive Chardonnays. The 2014 has a lush mouthfeel that’s rich in apricot jam, crème brûlée and toasty butterscotch flavors, but for all of the opulence, it’s fully dry and has a zesty acidity that balances the creamy finish.
Laetitia 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley) $22.99
Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied. Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.
Viña Zaco 2012 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) $14.99
Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards traditional Rioja designations like Crianza, Reserva, etc. The goal was simply to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with spice in this modern-styled red.
André Brunel 2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvée Sabrine (Rhone Valley, France) $16.99
This is made by the renowned Châteauneuf du Pape producer André Brunel, and 100% sourced from family-owned vineyards. Cuvée Sabrine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. It’s loaded with meaty notes of blackberry and blueberry fruit, along with accents of smoke and tobacco leaf interlaced with notes of cherry confit, a telltale sign of fully ripe Grenache.
Beran 2013 California Zinfandel $17.99
Grapes for Beran Zinfandel are sourced from multi-generational growers in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Amador County and other premium appellations. This cuvée has aromas of blueberry pie, raspberry and dark chocolate. The palate is deliciously rich, with juicy cherry/berry fruit flavors along with hints of cloves and pepper on the finish.
Penfolds 2013 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz (South Australia) $32.99
This multi-region Shiraz was one of the first “Bin Number” wines produced by Penfolds, way back in 1959. The 2013 vintage was sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. It offers thick and velvety flavors of blackberry and plum that are ripe and rich, showing notes of black tea, mineral and herbs on a juicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $20.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this wine exhibits all the delicacy and allure of this classic varietal. Notes of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through the cherry and cassis fruit core. The palate is balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
Paxton Vineyards 2013 MV Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $19.99
The Paxton 2013 MV, a blend of fruit from four of their estate vineyards, offers all the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. The nose shows powerful, lifted ripe berry fruit, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate, plenty of rich, juicy dark fruit is edged with hints of licorice, chocolate and toasty oak.
Ferreirinha 2013 Papa Figos (Douro Valley, Portugal) $15.99
This delicious blend of native Portuguese varietals shows the hallmark Douro Valley aromas of black fruits, licorice and spices. In the mouth, fresh bright flavors of plums and berries are balanced by lively acidity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364