Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Halloween is almost upon us, so here’s what happening downtown: Yuma Heritage Festivals invites everyone to come out and enjoy Trick-or-Treat on Main Street from 4 – 10PM Thursday evening, October 31st. Heritage Festivals and co-presenter Red Moon Ale House, downtown’s newest eating & drinking establishment, will turn the Main Street Plaza into a fun, family-friendly locale for a variety of Halloween festivities. The event is free for all ages, and costumes are welcome but not required. Speaking of those, there will be costume contests, face painting for the kids and a Kid’s Corner, lots of candy at booths all along Main Street, craft & toy vendors, a beverage garden and live entertainment, plus a free Movie on the Block with a showing of Uglydolls! in the Historic Yuma Theatre (doors open at 6 PM).
Should be another memorable Halloween extravaganza here in Historic Downtown – hope you can make it Thursday, and be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar when you do!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Rombauer 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $22.99 This exudes aromas of ripe grapefruit, pear and nectarine with a hint of fresh-cut grass. In the mouth it’s fresh and enticing, as nectarine and passion fruit flavors mingle with vibrant citrus notes of Meyer lemon and grapefruit that make the mouth water, inviting another sip…
Palacios Remondo 2016 La Vendimia (Rioja, Spain) $16.99 La Vendimia is a great example of the quality potential of Spanish jovenes (red wines aged for less than six months in oak). A mix of Spain’s foremost varietals, Garnacha and Tempranillo, this is a lively quaffer with bright flavors of raspberry jam and sweet spices.
Niner Estates 2015 “9” Red Blend (Paso Robles) $14.99 Niner Estates “9” is a blend of nine different red varietals. Raspberry and pomegranate aromas on the nose are edged by hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and candied orange zest. Ripe fruit comes through on the palate, with mocha-infused tannins and bright acidity.
Terra d’Oro 2016 Petite Sirah (Amador County) $17.99 This Amador Petite Sirah offers a delightful aroma profile of cracked peppercorns, bay leaf and clove, with light toffee notes in the background. The palate is a rich mouthful of ripe black fruits, framed by firm tannins and a nice dash of toasty oak at the finish.
Frescobaldi 2014 Nipozzano Chianti Rufina (Tuscany, Italy) $21.99 Frescobaldi has produced exceptional Sangiovese wines from the Nipozzano Estate in the Chianti region’s Rufina sub-zone for over a century, each a faithful expression of the unique soils and terroir of the estate. The 2014 has a smooth, silky texture and fresh flavors of ripe red fruits, yet it still exhibits the signature earthiness of a classic Tuscan Chianti.
Austin Hope Cellars 2016 Quest Proprietary Red (Paso Robles) $24.99 Quest is a new effort from well-known Paso winemaker Austin Hope. It’s a blend of four different varietals, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way. A nose of fresh wild berry fruit is nicely edged with vanilla and caramel accents. The palate offers rich dark fruit flavors, with a long and silky French-vanilla finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Mercer Estates 2014 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills (Columbia Valley) $24.99 Mercer Estates Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, it shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish carries a light touch of vanilla.
Arizona Stronghold 2017 Tazi (Cochise County, Arizona) $14.99 Tazi is a fresh and zesty blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca, Pinot Gris and Riesling. On the nose, a mélange of tropical, mineral, stone, mandarin orange and floral scents mingle. The palate delivers bright citrus, floral hints, a slight grassiness and soft acidity, with a crisp finish.
Imagery 2017 California Pinot Noir $17.99 The 2017 Imagery Pinot offers an inviting nose of black cherry and strawberry along with leather, vanilla and a bit of forest floor. The bouquet evolves nicely in the glass as it begins to breathe. The palate reveals a smooth, soft and flavorful medium-bodied Pinot with a wonderfully round mouthfeel.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364