Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, November 5th, the Yuma Art Center and Yuma Parks & Recreation present the Children’s Festival of the Arts on the Main Street Plaza, a great event for adults as well as kids. Take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy a day of entertainment, music and demonstrations by local artists, with over thirty booths on the Plaza offering participatory art like silly hats, pottery, painting, simple sculpture, face painting and more. Food options will be numerous, with musical performances and other live entertainment on the Plaza. Additionally, a display of outstanding youth artwork will be on exhibit in the Yuma Art Center Museum. Admission is free, and the festival goes from 10:00 to 3:00 – for more info, call the Art Center at 373-5202.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Titus Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $22.99
This Napa Sauvignon Blanc offers a nose packed with scents of peach, apricots, lemon, and lime zest. The wine has crisply refreshing acidity along with bright flavors that match the bouquet, framed with intense floral tones and a subtle honeysuckle character.
Bodega Chacra 2014 Barda Pinot Noir (Patagonia, Argentina) $24.99
Bodega Chacra’s estate vineyards are located in Patagonia’s Rio Negro valley, some of them planted as long ago as the 1930’s. This cherry-and-lavender-scented Pinot Noir leans toward the Burgundian style, with its distinct earth and spice character and polished, fine-grained tannins.
Altovinum Evodia 2014 Old Vines Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain) $11.99
Spanish Garnacha (or Grenache) is usually peppery, zesty and loaded with fresh raspberry fruit. This one exudes fresh aromas of black cherries and crushed raspberries. In the mouth, it’s soft and round, with ripe red raspberry and cherry fruit plus a light touch of toasty oak.
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.
Paxton Vineyards 2013 MV Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $19.99
Paxton’s 2013 MV, a blend of fruit from four of their estate vineyards, is classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. The nose shows powerful, lifted ripe berry fruit, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate, plenty of rich, juicy dark fruit is edged with hints of licorice, chocolate and toasty oak.
J Lohr 2013 Tower Road Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $22.99
Vivid, pure blackberry-raspberry-blueberry flavors are terrifically ripe, juicy and deeply concentrated. Full-bodied tannins manage to stay in the background to let a delicious core of dark fruit flavors swirl on the palate. Peppery accents enliven a lasting finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Titus Vineyards 2013 Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $32.99
This Napa Zin exudes aromas of juicy, briary dark fruit wrapped in exotic spice. The palate follows with ripe black cherry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit plus a dash of pepper. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, with a spicy finish enhanced by vanilla, licorice and toast accents from 14 months aging in American oak.
Brancaia 2013 TRE (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
This Tuscan blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot opens with hints of violets, spiced fruits and herbs. The palate is distinguished by an excellent balance of black cherry and plum fruit balanced by firm tannins.
Cà Maiol 2015 Garda Chiaretto Rosé (Veneto, Italy) $19.99
The Chiaretto rosé is made primarily from the native Gropello grape, grown only near Lake Garda in Northern Italy. It’s a deliciously fresh and clean wine with flavors of cherries, strawberries and rose hips, plus an intriguing touch of saline minerality that adds complexity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364