Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
October has finally arrived (with at least the promise of cooler weather!) and with it comes Oktoberfest. On Saturday, October 13th at 6:00PM, the Yuma Fine Arts Association’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place at
the Yuma Art Centre here in Old Town (254 S. Main Street). The party will go on until 9:00 PM with all of the standard Oktoberfest staples – beer, brats, sauerkraut and German potato salad, along with musical entertainment and lots of great art to enjoy while you nosh and imbibe. As always, you get to sample ten great craft-brewed and imported brews along with all the food for
just $30, or spend $12 for the food only, and you can reserve a table for ten
for $300. Tickets are on sale now at the Art Center Museum gift shop, or order yours by calling 329-6607, or just stop by the Wine Cellar and buy them here!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass:
Etude 2011 Pinot Gris (Carneros) $22.99
Etude 2011 Pinot Gris greets the nose with inviting aromas of ripe stone fruist and apple blossoms. Bright flavors of white peaches, Honeycrisp apples and citrus follow, carried on an elegant mouthfeel. The wine is highlighted by its crisp, fresh and bracing minerality.
Forefront 2010 Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara/Sonoma County) $21.99
Rich aromas of dark cherries, spiced plums and raspberries lead to an equally complex, intense palate featuring a fine core of black cherry and red raspberry fruit. Juicy acidity keeps all that rich fruit fresh and appealing.
Silky tannins carry this to a lingering finish.
Graziano 2007 Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $14.99
This Mendocino Zin exudes deep aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice, with a hint of toasty oak. Flavors of plum and dark cherry and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied wine a deliciously rich mouthfeel. Rich, full tannins and balanced acidity lead to an elegant, lingering finish.
Masi 2008 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $17.99
The Campofiorin was created by Masi to be an affordable “mid-point” between the pleasant fruitiness of Valpolicella and the complex, raisined richness of Amarone. The fruit-filled nose is perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s soft, rich and spicy on the palate, full of complex flavors of ripe red plums and juicy berries, plus a pleasant touch of licorice.
Wattle Creek 2007 Kristine’s Cuvee (Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County) $17.99
This wine displays wonderful “cool climate” attributes of a Cabernet-dominant Bordeaux blend. Initial aromas of currants, herbs, cracked pepper and spice segue into notes of loamy earth and cedar. The palate offers a supple and mouthfilling texture, supported by solid tannins.
Fess Parker The Big Easy 2009 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) $29.99
This Santa Barbara County Syrah offers a lovely nose of blackberry, black currant, vanilla, a dash of pepper and a hint of lavender. It’s rich and full-bodied with silky-smooth tannins and abundant dark fruits, edged by pleasant pepper and cinnamon notes.
Louis Martini 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard
(Sonoma Valley) $69.99
This is a hand-crafted Cabernet sourced from the best vineyard blocks of the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard, and aged two years in new French oak. A dense, full-bodied palate has flavors of melted chocolate, black cherry and earth plus accents of anise and brown spice. The deeply concentrated dark fruit interlaces with firm, velvety tannins to produce a superbly balanced wine with a long and caressing finish.
Michael-David Vineyards 2011 California Sauvignon Blanc $14.99
Michael-David Sauvignon Blanc shows bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit,
guava and melon. On the palate, the character is decidedly tropical, with mango, guava and melon fruit flavor, a hint of ripe ruby grapefruit and underlying mineral tones.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Alexander Valley) $18.99
The release of the 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon marks 50 years of
winemaking at Alexander Valley Vineyards. A cool 2010 growing season was carefully managed in the vineyard to to produce evenly ripe and mature grapes. The wine was aged 14 months in a combination of French and American oak.
Dogfish Head My Antonia (Delaware) $9.99
My Antonia is a continually-hopped Imperial Pilsner. It pours a clear golden with plenty of bubbles and a fluffy head, and opens with a pleasant grassy, hoppy character and a nice biscuity malt background. A touch of herbal spiciness adds interest on the delicious finish.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark (Bavaria, Germany) $3.99
This Dunkelweizen (German dark wheat beer) pours a cloudy light brown. The nose offers a fine mix of wheat, banana, bread and spices. The flavors mirror the aromas beautifully, with a nice malty backbone. The texture is very smooth and creamy, with a slight, tongue-tingling carbonation.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364