Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As the Fall season gets underway and the weather just keeps getting better and better, you should definitely make time to venture down to Historic Downtown Yuma and take a stroll on Main Street – there’s a lot of new stuff around here! Especially when it comes to retail – there are a lot of new specialty retail shops that offer unique merchandise in a setting that’s a lot more interesting than anywhere else in town. And of course, dining and imbibing are always going to be a major part of the downtown draw, and there is no shortage of interesting options in that regard – for instance the brand new Prison Hill Brewery just opened recently right across the street. The point is, people need to get down here and check out what’s going on Historic Downtown these days – and make sure you start out at the Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Murrieta’s Well 2012 The Whip (Livermore Valley) $18.99
The Whip is a a sophisticated, yet approachable blend of classic white wine varietals. Fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and older oak barrels, it offers lush aromas and flavors of pears, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom, with a balanced, clean finish.
Folie à Deux 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $19.99
Folie à Deux’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed by subtle notes of earthy truffle and spice. Precise and clean, this wine has an alluring palate of ripe black cherry fruit edged with a hint of tobacco leaf.
Domaine de la Chique 2008 Côtes du Roussillon (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) $14.99
Domaine de la Chique lies in the middle of a 50 year-old olive grove near the Spanish border and the Mediterranean Sea. A blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, this deep purple-colored wine is supple and round, with ripe black fruit flavors and undertones of chocolate and peppery spice.
Concha y Toro 2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Marchigue, Chile) $17.99
This cool-climate Chilean Cabernet is a complex and elegant wine. Aromas of plums, morello cherries and chocolate emerge on the nose. The palate offers concentrated flavors of ripe dark fruits, with hints of anise and black olive hints chiming in on the finish.
Rudy 2012 Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $17.99
Rudy Zin is sourced entirely from a small production vineyard near Calistoga, made by Rudy von Strasser, long renowned for his Diamond Mountain Cabernets. The wine opens up with rich aromas of black raspberry and sweet spices. The palate is big, rich and plump, braced by refreshing acidity.
Duckhorn 2007 Paraduxx (Napa Valley) $39.99
Duckhorn’s Paraduxx, a classic Napa Valley Zinfandel-Cabernet Sauvignon blend, opens with vibrant aromas of raspberry, cherry, cedar and spice, with a touch of caramelized brown sugar. Dark cherry and red raspberry fruit flavors greet the palate, accented with rich, compelling layers of cedar and sweet oak.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Marques de Murrieta 2008 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $24.99
On the nose, this Reserva offers exotic aromas of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. A smooth and velvety palate has abundant dark cherry and black plum fruit flavors, plus exotic hints of fresh earth, tobacco and Indian spice that carry to the finish.
Doña Paula 2013 Los Cardos Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $9.99
This hand-harvested Malbec from the Mendoza Province of Argentina is dark and sultry, with savory aromas of herbs and fresh blackberries. The palate has plenty of ripe and juicy dark fruit flavors on a firm yet very smooth tannic frame.
Grans-Fassian 2007 Riesling Spätlese, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen (Mosel Valley, Germany) $24.99
This is a superbly rich and flavorful Spätlese, with an abundance of apricot, mango, peach and citrus fruit flavors carried on a powerful, fleshy texture. A refreshing snap of acidity and mineral emerges on the finish.
Castello del Poggio Rosato (Piedmont, Italy) $10.99
This is a deliciously sweet and lightly effervescent rosato, or pink wine from Italy. The nose offers a hint of pomegranate and delicate floral accents. The palate follows through with a lavish array of red fruits. Perfect as an afternoon apéritif to share with good friends!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364