Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
What looks to be a glorious fall season is well underway here in Yuma as we enter the first week of October – a good reason to issue another reminder that the first Wednesday of every month here at the Wine Cellar (as in this Wednesday!), we have Wine, Women & Networking! It’s a monthly gathering at the Cellar of local professional women from lots of different occupations here in the Yuma community who come by to meet & greet, discuss their various businesses, share contacts, participate in gift raffles and above all enjoy some great wine and appetizers in a fun and highly informal setting. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve been a regular attendee or it’s your first time and you just want to check it out. So please spread the word; we’ll start at 5:30 PM and go until 7:30; if you’re interested stop by the Wine Cellar this Wednesday evening, October 4th, join in the festivities and do some networking!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Donnafugata 2015 Lighea Zibibbo (Sicily, Italy) $17.99 In Sicily, the Muscat varietal is known as Zibibbo. Donnafugata’s Lighea is a uniquely dry version, a refreshing white with an exuberant floral and fruit bouquet that evokes white rose and yellow peach. The lively palate tastes of apricot, lemon zest and a savory hint of aromatic herbs.
Sassoregale 2014 Sangiovese (Tuscany, Italy) $15.99 A perfect expression of Tuscan Sangiovese, this offers classic varietal aromas of spiced dark cherries accented by a subtle hints of herbs and earth. The palate is a bath of sweet red currants supported by fine, gripping tannins, finishing with a persistent, savory richness.
Charles Smith 2015 Velvet Devil Merlot (Washington) $12.99 Charles Smith’s Velvet Devil Merlot is polished, supple and expressive, with a medley of ripe blackberry and spice flavors that meld nicely on a long and well-defined finish. This Washington red offers deft balance, plenty of richness and fine depth.
Palacios Remondo 2013 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $17.99 A mixture of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo, La Montesa opens with scents of ripe red fruits, along with light notes of vanilla and toasted oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, offering flavors of dark plums and cherries plus a touch of licorice.
Ancient Peaks 2015 Renegade (Paso Robles) $22.99 The Renegade has concentrated red and black fruit aromas with suggestions of cedar, smoked bacon and high-toned oak. The palate is packed with velvety layers of boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and currant fruit, edged by notes of vanilla and pepper.
Hess Collection 2013 Block 19 Cuvée (Mt. Veeder – Napa Valley) $32.99 This is named for the 19 vineyard blocks on the Veeder Summit Vineyard that provided the fruit for the wine. It’s a fleshy and concentrated red, with a ‘cool-climate’ backbone and ample tannins. Black cherry, wild berry and cassis fruit flavors carry it to a lasting finish. This vintage is 61% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah and 3% Petit Verdot.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Napa Cellars 2012 Dyer Vineyard Syrah (Napa Valley) $34.99 This Napa single-vineyard Syrah shows a deep purple hue in the glass. Initial scents of dark cherries, rose petals and rosemary on the nose are followed by a subtle touch of oak. Flavors of warm blueberry pie, ripe blackberries and mocha follow on a silky, round palate, supported by fine-grained tannins.
Tenshən 2016 White Blend (Santa Barbara County) $19.99 A blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay, this overflows with fleshy peach and apricot flavors edged by orange blossom and honeysuckle tones. Notes of dried spice and matcha green tea emerge at the finish, along with a touch of hazelnut.
Chateau de Fontenille 2014 Grand Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France) $14.99 This is a well-made Bordeaux red from an above average vintage. The bouquet has notes of blackberry and black currant along with savory accents of toasted oak. The palate is balanced and refined, with solid tannins and pleasant hints of espresso and spice.
Chimay Première Trappist Ale (Belgium) $12.99 The Première is the oldest of the Chimays. With a beautiful coppery color topped by a creamy head, it gives off aromas of apricots, caramel and coffee. In the mouth, hints of toffee, plums and bonbons swirl in a lightly effervescent body, with flavors of raisins, clove, banana and sun-ripened fruit.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405
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