Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As our fantastic fall weather really settles in hereabouts, this weekend would be a particularly great time to enjoy a “Harvest Moon” Canoe Trip on the Colorado River. You could paddle leisurely on the peaceful Colorado and enjoy the Harvest Moon as it sets under the historic Ocean to Ocean Bridge. Then celebrate afterwards with cider, crackers and cheese at a Gateway Park social hour on the river here in Historic Downtown Yuma. The canoe trip is Saturday evening, October 15th beginning at 5 PM; meet at Gateway Park (the riverfront park directly adjacent to the Ocean to Ocean Bridge). Participants must be at least 16, and the registration fee is $30. Pre-registration is required (no on-site registration can be accepted). The event could be cancelled due to insufficient registration – a minimum of 8 participants is required – so be sure to sign up quickly and make sure this happens! Registration may be done online, in person at the Parks & Rec Dept. located inside City Hall, or by calling 928-373-5200. What a great way to end your week – along with wine tasting at the Wine Cellar, of course!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Davis Bynum 2014 Jane’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley) $19.99
This opens with a fine minerality, intermingled with aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, melon and an underlying citrus tone. The wine has a bright acidity that harmonizes perfectly with notes from aging in neutral oak that adds a rich fullness to its texture.
Liberty School 2012 Pinot Noir (Central Coast) $15.99
A deep garnet color in the glass, this Pinot has aromas of flowers and strawberries. The flavor profile offers black cherry, strawberry and spices, with a particular note of allspice. Smooth, balanced tannins carry this to a silky and satisfying finish.
Vidal-Fleury 2013 Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley, France) $14.99
This Rhone red offers an intense, complex bouquet, with notes of ripe red raspberries accented by an exotic hint of black pepper. Abundantly ripe, fresh dark raspberry and plum fruit dominates the palate, edged by the characteristic Cotes-du-Rhone spice character.
Masi 2011 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $15.99
Campofiorin was created by Masi over 50 years ago to be an affordable mid-point between the pleasant fruitiness of a basic 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, with savory flavors of ripe red plums and berries and a pleasant hint of licorice.
Graffigna 2012 Grand Reserve Malbec (Pedernal Valley, Argentina) $22.99
Graffigna is regarded as one of Argentina’s foremost producers of Malbec, that nation’s signature wine varietal. Their Grand Reserve bottling offers bold blackberry and dark plum fruit aromas and follows up with a vivid mouthful of ripe black fruit, with accent of violets and cedar.
Conn Creek 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $29.99
Fruit from Conn Creek’s Collins-Holystone Vineyard in the St. Helena District forms the core of this Cabernet, along with vineyards in the Stags’ Leap, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain districts. It all combines to create a rich, supple and finely balanced Cabernet.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Frank Family 2012 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) $34.99
This has a deep, concentrated purple hue characteristic of Petite Sirah. Aromas of blackberries roasted with allspice, vanilla and black licorice lead to a wine that’s concentrated and powerful. Firm, enveloping tannins frame luscious black fruit flavors and a rich, textured finish.
Ancient Peaks 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $15.99
100% sourced from the Margarita Ranch Vineyard, this Cabernet offers a distinctive bouquet of plums, raspberries, tobacco leaf and toasted oak. Rich, round flavors of dark cherries and black currants are intermixed with hints of olive, mint, black tea and spices. Chewy tannins set the stage for a long, satisfying finish.
J. Lohr 2013 South Ridge Syrah (Paso Robles) $14.99
Sourced from the sunny, south-facing slopes of J. Lohr’s South Ridge vineyard in Paso Robles, the grapes very easily achieved full ripeness, resulting in a Syrah that’s bursting with rich dark fruit flavors and subtle spices.
Ayinger Ur-Weisse (Bavaria, Germany) $4.99
Ur-Weisse is an old-fashioned wheat beer, with greater color and flavor than a standard hefe-weisse. In the mouth, malt and yeast intermingle in a delicious balance of apple and banana fruit flavors and bread-like tones. The hop profile is characteristically mild, finishing with a light accent of cloves.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364