Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
In the spirit of Halloween, this Saturday October 8th, the City of Yuma Parks & Rec Dept. is putting on their annual Zombie Fest at the West Wetlands Park (just west of Historic Downtown along 1st Street). Things get started at 6PM with the Zombie Fun Run, a 5 & 10K run/walk event. Zombie costumes are strictly optional, but Costume Prizes will be awarded for the Best Zombie Costume in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-20, 21-40, 41-60, 61 & over. Along with the contest, there will be music, food, drinks and general fun afterwards, and The Arizona Ghostbusters will be on hand all evening to partake in the festivities.
And beginning at dusk, Parks & Rec. and Bill Alexander Flight-line Mazda Mitsubishi will present “Movie in the Park Night” with a showing of the 1984 classic “Ghostbusters” under the stars on a monster blow-up movie screen. What a great way to kick off another beautiful fall season here in the great Desert Southwest! Contact Parks & Rec at 373-5200 for more info and race registration.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Cambria 2013 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley) $15.99
Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay offers aromas of fresh mango, ripe peach, lemon, vanilla bean and spice. Those fruit elements dominate the palate as well, and are accentuated by a bright, well-balanced acidity plus a subtle measure of oak toast.
Coquille d’Oc 2014 Rosé (Languedoc, France) $13.99
This Languedoc rosé is an early-picked blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes. A fine salmon-pink in color, it offers red raspberry and redcurrant aromas on the nose. In the mouth, the fruit shines through with a bright and very summery freshness.
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.
Peñafiel 2009 miros de ribera Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $15.99
The miros de ribera Tempranillo is a deep ruby in hue, with a complex bouquet of black cherry and violets plus added hints of spice and vanilla. Rich, full dark fruit flavors and exotic notes of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, in a harmonious balance framed by firm tannins.
Carol Shelton 2013 Wild Thing Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $19.99
The “Wild Thing” is actually very well-balanced, velvet textured and multi-layered. Bright, brambly raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, with smooth tannins and good acidity that keep this savory Mendocino Zin super-lively and delicious all the way through the finish.
Cosa Obra 2012 Proprietor’s Red (Sonoma County) $29.99
Cosa Obra is a Northern Rhone-style blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It offers a heady nose of blackberry and black pepper, with hints of earth. Impressively rich, this is balanced and well structured, with intense dark fruit flavors that carry it to a spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Freemark Abbey 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley) $29.99
This cross-Napa Valley blend consists of 89% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux grapes. Just 29% new oak barrels were used, so the fruit component dominates. A silken texture coupled with fine richness of flavor provides a profile that delivers from the initial sip and continues on the palate for a lengthy finish.
Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine (New Mexico) $16.99
This New Mexico sparkler shows surprising richness as well as good complexity, with a fine and persistent mousse. A toasty finish from 2 years aging on tirage complements its rich baked apple and juicy citrus flavors.
Morgan 2013 G17 Syrah (Monterey County) $18.99
Morgan’s G17 is a blend of 78% Syrah, 11% Tempranillo and 11% Grenache. Coffee cake,
blackberry and cherry blossom aromas jump from the glass. The wine is medium-bodied, with silky tannins, offering a savory palate of spice, sage and black cherry fruit. Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing with all manner of grilled and roasted meat dishes.
Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale (Yorkshire, England) $4.99
Samuel Smith’s English Nut Brown Ale shows a rich amber-brown hue and a wonderfully ‘nutty’ flavor of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts, derived exclusively from the use of very well-roasted dark malts.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364