Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, November 18th, The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening of experiencing the best of local Yuma artists. It’s an annual event involving local artists and downtown merchants and property owners, with up to 50 artists teaming up with downtown businesses to make showplaces for their artistic creations. In addition to lots of unique art objects, from paintings to jewelry to ceramics, the Art Walk will feature performances of live music along the way, plus light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The event kicks off at 5 PM Friday and continues until 9 PM. For more info, call 928-580-7417.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Chalk Hill 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) $18.99
Chalk Hill’s 2014 Chardonnay begins with bright scents of apples, peaches, tropical fruits and smoky spice. The palate shows crisp, fresh flavors of Bosc pear and hints of jasmine blossom. A creamy and rich, toasty character is balanced by a clean finish.
Landmark Overlook 2013 Pinot Noir (California) $21.99
Landmark’s Overlook combines premium fruit sourced from cool growing sites in Sonoma, Monterey and San Benito Counties to beautiful effect. With vibrant fruit, velvety tannins and hints of spice from French oak aging, it’s an elegant and supple California Pinot.
Celler de Capçanes 2012 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain) $12.99
Mas Picosa is a blend of organically grown old vine Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (30%). It shows beautifully concentrated dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry. Lush and velvety, the wine has a satisfying plummy richness and very smooth texture.
Farmers of Wine 2013 Italian Red (Puglia, Italy) $14.99
Farmers of Wine is a southern Italian blend of native Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes grown by small family farmers in southern Italy’s “boot-heel,” Puglia. The wine offers bright aromas of ripe fruits with hints of licorice. A delicious mouthful of red fruit flavors follows, with food-friendly acidity.
Morgan 2013 G17 Syrah (Monterey County) $18.99
Morgan’s G17 is a blend of 78% Syrah, 11% Tempranillo and 11% Grenache. Coffee cake, blackberry and cherry blossom aromas jump from the glass. The wine is medium-bodied, with silky tannins, offering a savory palate of spice, sage and black cherry fruit.
Beringer 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $34.99
Beringer’s 2011 Napa Cabernet wraps around the palate with dark cherry, plum, mocha and sweet spices. Rich, round and seamless, this vintage offers intensity and breadth. Menthol, licorice and espresso notes expand on a juicy and inviting finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Tensley 2013 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) $29.99
Winemaker Joey Tensley’s Santa Barbara Syrah is actually a blend of his three single-vineyard Syrahs, all of which sell at much higher price-points. This wine offers vivid blueberry and black raspberry scents to go with notes of pepper, licorice and violets. It’s just as alluring in the mouth, with terrific depth and richness, fully ripe dark fruit flavors and a savory hint of herbs.
Beringer 2014 Merlot (Napa Valley) $19.99
Beringer Napa Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, the wine shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish carries a light touch of vanilla.
Palacios Remondo 2012 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $17.99
A mixture of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo, La Montesa opens with scents of ripe red fruits, along with light notes of vanilla and toasty oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, offering flavors of dark plum and cherry with a touch of licorice.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364