Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I’m happy to announce that the Yuma Community Farmers Market is back in business for the season, setting up every Tuesday from 10 AM to 3 PM on the Main Street Plaza right here in Historic Downtown. The market is a fundraising project of Crossroads Mission, with proceeds from the space rentals used to support programs for the homeless, needy and addicted of our community. It’s grown substantially over the past decade, with an impressive selection of local produce and other comestibles to choose from. You can look forward to the market here in downtown every Tuesday through next March.
And if you can’t make it downtown on Tuesdays, don’t forget the Yuma Sunrise Farmers Market at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park every Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Sunrise Market will be at the park through May, offering a diverse selection of produce and specialty foods vendors in a really beautiful historic setting. Parking is at the Park main entrance (201 N. 4th Ave.) with additional parking at the east entrance (1st Street & 2nd Avenue). For more info call 782-0063 or visit www.yumafarmersmarket.com. There’s just one problem with these farmers markets – they don’t have wine! Actually it’s no problem at all – just make sure to stop by the Wine Cellar…
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Bonterra 2013 Viognier (Mendocino County) $15.99
Once found only in a small region in the Rhone River Valley of southern France, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal. This fresh, delicious white exudes scents of spring wildflowers and tangerines and delivers bright flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and citrus fruits.
Cambria 2013 Clone 4 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) $24.99
This Pinot is vinted from Pommard Clone 4 grapes that are grown at Cambria’s estate vineyards located on the Santa Maria Bench, just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It’s silky smooth, dry and elegant, with flavors of cherry, cranberry, persimmon, sweet oak and baking spices.
Ca’Donini 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) $11.99
This native Italian red offers bright red cherry and plum flavors, with mild tannins and a fresh, mouthwatering acidity – a natural match with meaty pastas and red sauce dishes.
Gainey Vineyards 2011 Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley) $16.99
Made with estate-grown fruit from Gainey’s Home Ranch Vineyard, this is a classic style of Merlot, full of plush black cherry and plum fruit enhanced with subtle hints of cinnamon and clove. The abundant fruit is wrapped in a fine cloak of velvety tannins.
Château Aney 2010 Haut-Médoc (Bordeaux, France) $24.99
This château lies between St-Julien and Margaux, at the center of the great wines of the region where terroir imparts exceptional quality and provides ideal growing conditions. The wines of Château Aney possess a finesse and balance that make them both approachable when young, and well-suited for cellaring.
Miraflores 2011 Zinfandel (El Dorado County) $24.99
This is a dense, layered and complex Sierra Foothills Zin that’s packed with deep, rich fruit. Scents of black currant and bittersweet chocolate lead to complex black cherry, fresh anise and white pepper flavors. The tannins are ripe but remain powerful through a lengthy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Balch’e 2007 Reserva Especial (Baja California, Mexico) $39.99
A Baja blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, this seethes with ripe, smoky raspberry and blueberry aromas underlaid with exotic spices, lavender, violets and a touch of fruitcake. In the mouth, it’s intense and concentrated, packed with ripe currant and black plum fruit braced by earthy tannins.
Castel del Remei 2011 Gotim Bru (Costers del Segre, Spain) $14.99
This savory red blend from the Costers del Segre region of northeastern Spain is a mix of Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. Intense flavors of ripe dark fruits gain a nice degree of complexity from a mix of balsamic notes and sweet spice accents.
Grans-Fassian 2009 Estate Riesling (Mosel Valley, Germany) $14.99
This is a delicate, detailed Mosel Riesling with a lively structure and a fine underlay of minerality. Juicy, ripe peach, pear and citrus flavors are enlivened with a snappy acidity, coming to a deliciously refreshing finish. Superb matched with light cuisine, and a wonderful aperitif wine all by itself.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364