Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday evening, November 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, the North End Art Walk strolls back into town with another fun and eclectic celebration of local artists. An evening of art, music and culture in our Historic Downtown setting, the Art Walk is a sidewalk-style art sale with artists displaying and selling their works both in and outside downtown merchants and property owners on Main Street. Over 50 artists will be participating, representing many forms of media including ceramics, jewelry, prints and canvases, calligraphy, photography, glass and mixed media. The evening will also feature musical performances. For more info call 373-5202.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Famiglia Pasqua 2016 Passimento Bianco (Veneto, Italy) $17.99 Produced in the Valpolicella region, this wine is made from Garganega grapes that are partially dried prior to fermentation, losing 20 to 30% of their weight. The result is a unique white with dried apricot and honey tones and a creamy rich mouthfeel, yet balanced by bright acidity.
Kings Ridge 2016 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $17.99 Fresh cherry-berry aromas are joined by an attractive scent of roses after a bit of time in the glass. Mouth-filling, ripe dark berry and cherry fruit flavors follow on the palate, with nice acidity and a cloak of soft tannins. The wine displays good Pinot varietal character, all in all a fine example of the Oregon style.
Delas 2016 Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit (Rhone Valley, France) $12.99 Saint-Esprit is made with primarily Grenache grapes sourced from a small village in the southern Rhone. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep, granitic hillsides provides a perfect growing environment. It’s a fresh and savory red, with rich fruit flavors accented by spice notes.
Viña Zaco 2015 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) $14.99 Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards traditional Rioja designations like Crianza, Reserva, etc. The goal was simply to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with spice in this modern-styled red.
Renato Ratti 2015 Battaglione Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99 This Piedmontese Barbera offers delicate scents of red berries and spices on the nose, with light toasted oak accents from twelve months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with concentrated wild berry and plum fruit flavors accented with a pleasantly spicy, smoky edge.
Hess Collection 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Allomi Vineyard (Napa Valley) $29.99 This mountain-grown Napa Cabernet opens with scents of ripe plum and currant, with exotic accents of licorice and cedar. The flavors are vivid and pure, with juicy dark berry and plum fruit. Beautifully polished tannins carry it to a rich and lingering finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
King Estate 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $18.99 A vibrant and delicious Pinot Gris, with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of ripe pears, white peaches and orange blossoms reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest. The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.
Austin Hope Cellars 2015 Love & Hope Rosé (Paso Robles) $9.99 As two of the finest tastemakers in the business, Winemaker Austin Hope and Chef Tim Love came together to create a rosé that’s everything it ought to be – crisp and dry, yet satisfying. How you finish the bottle is up to you – just chill it down and you’re good to go. Enjoy!
Black Ink Proprietary Red (California) $11.99 Black Ink is a juicy and fruit-filled blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Zinfandel. The best description is liquid blackberry cobbler enhanced with flavors of black plums and licorice, coming to a rich, lip-smacking finish.
Brouwerij Het Anker Lucifer Golden Ale (Mechelen, Belgium) $11.99 A glowing orange gold brew with a perfect white foamy head, Lucifer exudes yeasty aromas of bananas, citrus, clove and spice. In the mouth, tangy citrus hints mix with a malty richness, along with notes of tropical fruits and honey. The finish is nicely dry and lingering.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364