Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
It’s hard to believe we’re almost upon the Thanksgiving holiday, but the calendar doesn’t lie… This week will be business as usual at the Old Town Wine Cellar, with the exception of course that the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23rd. But we will be open on the Friday and Saturday after, so do try to make it by the Cellar to get started on your holiday shopping. You’ll need to stock up on plenty of good wine for the holiday family feasts to come, and I’ve always maintained that a nice bottle of wine makes the perfect (and very easy) gift. And take a little time while you’re here to sample this week’s selections!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Dr. Hermann 2015 H Estate Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $15.99 This wine is brimming with fragrant jasmine, honeysuckle, peach, pear and lime aromas. Juicy green apple and lime flavors strike the perfect balance of lushly ripe fruit and crisp, vibrant acidity. The finish is clean and spicy, enlivened by zesty, refreshing minerality.
Miraflores 2015 Misión 1853 (Sierra Foothills) $24.99 This was made with Mission grapes sourced from Amador County’s Misión Vineyard. Planted in 1853, it’s the oldest continuously producing vineyard in all of the U.S. Mission was the original wine grape planted in North America, used at the old Spanish Missions of Mexico and California to make sacramental wines. It’s a lighter-bodied and highly enjoyable red.
Vigneti del Salento 2015 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $14.99 The baking hot sun of the Italian south comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro, an ancient varietal native to Puglia, makes a fantastic pairing with richly flavored Italian dishes.
EOS 2015 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $15.99 Deep purple in hue, EOS Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate delivers a rich, full mouthfeel with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and spiced plum.
Oberon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa County) $21.99 Oberon winemaker Tony Coltrin sources select lots of Napa County grapes that are chosen for their concentration of ripe, rich fruit and silky, supple tannins. Lush black cherry, dark wild berry and currant flavors are supported by warm and spicy accents of toasted oak.
Tensley 2013 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) $29.99 Winemaker Joey Tensley’s Santa Barbara County Syrah is a blend of his three single-vineyard Syrahs. This wine offers vivid blueberry and black raspberry scents to go with notes of pepper, licorice and violets. In the mouth it shows terrific depth and richness, fully ripe dark fruit flavors and a savory hint of herbs.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Guarachi Family 2014 Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard (Sonoma Coast) $59.99 Gap’s Crown is a renowned Sonoma Coast vineyard. Cool ocean breezes that flow between the Sonoma Mountains and the Petaluma Gap help to trap coastal fog, ensuring slowly and evenly ripened grapes. Oak-inspired spice notes with soft yet lively acidity enlivens the rich, ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors.
Dr. F. Weins-Prum 2015 Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelreich (Mosel Valley, Germany) $27.99 Intoxicatingly aromatic, this is world-class Riesling that offers beautiful delicacy and fine balance in its layers of peach, apricot and citrus flavors. It’s airy and appealing, with a mouthwatering degree of tanginess that gives elegance to the lingering finish.
Beronia 2011 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $22.99 This Rioja Reserva is made from carefully selected premium Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, sourced from older vineyards. It aged for 20 months in oak, plus 18 more months in the bottle before release. An aromatic nose offers hints of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. The velvety palate delivers abundant berry and plum fruit, with accents of tobacco and spices.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364