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 Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24th. We’ll be back open Friday and Saturday, so try to make it by the Cellar to get started on your holiday shopping. You’ll need to stock up on good wine for the holiday family feasts to come, and it goes without saying that a nice bottle of wine makes a perfect (and very easy) gift. And take some time while you’re here to taste this week’s selections!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Pfeffingen 2013 Dry Riesling (Pfalz, Germany) $17.99
Pfeffingen specializes in the trocken (drier) styles of Riesling. This one is fully dry on the palate, yet succulent and lively, with juicy peach and red delicious apple notes and a zippy backbone of refreshing acidity. A balanced and spicy finish offers plenty of snap.
Miraflores 2014 Misión 1853 (Sierra Foothills) $23.99
This was made with 100% Mission grapes sourced from the Deaver family’s Misión Vineyard. Planted in 1853, it’s the oldest continuously producing vineyard in the United States. Mission was the original wine grape planted in North America, used at the old Spanish Missions of Mexico and California for sacramental wine. It makes a lighter-bodied, highly enjoyable red.
Tenuta di Arceno 2013 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $12.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed along with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets. The palate is medium in body, with brisk acidity. The classic Chianti flavors of ripe red cherry and plum are accented by a hint of licorice.
Bodegas Castaño 2012 Solanera (Yecla, Spain) $14.99
Solanera is a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache from very old, low-yielding vines. The wine was aged ten months in a combination of French and American oak. It’s rich and ripe, with a classic Mediterranean character.
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.
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.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
El Enemigo 2012 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $24.99
Deep purple in color, El Enemigo offers an expressive perfume of balsam wood, old leather, spice-box tones and black cherry fruit. It’s big and bold, yet very smooth-textured on the palate, with lush dark fruit and savory spice flavors plus a long, fruit-filled finish.
Domaine Napa 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $19.99
This elegantly crafted and finely balanced Napa Cabernet opens with blueberry and cassis aromas, along with notes of spice, cedar and vanilla. Rich black fruit flavors mingle on the silky palate, and a delicate accent of eucalyptus lingers at the finish.
Vega Tolosa 2012 11 Pinos Old Vine Bobal (Manchuela, Spain) $9.99
Vega Tolosa has been owned and operated by the Tolosa family since 1905. This wine, made from the native Bobal varietal, is from vines over 80 years old. Plum jam and red cherry fruit emerges on the nose, along with savory hints of pungent herbs. Gentle acidity gives a welcome lift to the jammy flavors of cherry, plum and red currant.
Left Coast Brewing Mastro’s Maitre D’ Tripel Ale (San Clemente) $8.99
Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel ale, Mastro’s Maitre d’ shows a beautiful golden color in the glass. It has a sweet and spicy, complex fruity aroma as well as flavor that’s derived from select Belgian yeasts. Smooth and rich, this is a distinctive and delicious beer.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364