Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, December 14th will bring the highlight of Historic Downtown Yuma’s Christmas season, the annual Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade. The special theme of this year’s parade will be “Light up Yuma with the Arts.” The parade’s organizer, Visit Yuma, is focusing on Yuma’s growing arts community, which is fast becoming a recognized regional center for fine arts of all kinds.
The parade will start off Saturday evening at 6 PM on 4th Avenue and finishes up on the Main Street Plaza. There will be numerous decorated and illuminated floats, marching bands and of course Santa on his sleigh, and the festivities continue well into the evening with entertainment on the Plaza. It gets pretty crowded downtown by late Saturday afternoon, so plan to be down here well before then if you want to find a place to park anywhere close by. You can always hang out at the Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Michele Chiarlo 2015 Le Marne Gavi (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99 Gavi comes from a small region in northwest Italy, on the steep slopes of the Apennines. Made from the native Cortese varietal, this offers a savory palate of white peach, green apple, sage and a hint of toasted almonds, framed with bright acidity. A mineral note enlivens the finish.
Château d’Aqueria 2016 Tavel Rosé (Tavel, France) $19.99 Chateau d’Aqueria has produced wine in the Tavel region in the south of France since the 16th century. A blend of Grenache, Clairette, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Picpoul, this Tavel offers vividly crisp and savory flavors of framboise, black cherries and fresh herbs.
Ricasoli 2016 Chianti del Barone (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99 Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy, dating back to the year 1141. Their Chianti del Barone is a classic representation of the wine that Italy is best known for. A brilliant ruby red, it has attractive aromas and flavors of ripe red fruits plus savory touches of earth and leather.
Dominio del Águila 2013 Pícaro Tinto (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $17.99 This blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Albillo was whole-cluster pressed, and aged for 20 months in French oak. It’s full-bodied yet delicate and lightly floral, melding a rich dark fruit character with pleasant accents of smoke and vanilla.
Trivento 2015 Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) $22.99 This Argentinean Cabernet pours an intense red with garnet tones. A complex nose offers rich, ripe dark fruit aromas, with overtones of spice and toast. On the palate, elements of pepper, cedar and chocolate give a fine balance with the abundant dark fruit and firm tannins.
Orin Swift 2017 8 Years in the Desert California Red $44.99 A dark garnet in the glass with a lucid rim, this wine offers aromas of ripe blackberries and plums with hints of mineral and charred meat. A huge, mouth-filling palate gives complex flavors of rich, brambly black fruits, a touch of earth and a hint of espresso bean. A blend of 56% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Côtière 2017 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills) $27.99 This Pinot Noir is sourced from Côtière’s La Encantada and Hilliard Bruce estate vineyards, on the cooler western end of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. It offers the textbook Santa Rita Hills bouquet of black cherry, spice and earth notes. It’s beautifully textured, with sweet tannins and excellent depth.
Acacia 2017 Chardonnay (Carneros) $21.99 Citrus-laced flavors of baked apple, d’Anjou pear and white nectarine are punctuated by Meyer lemon zest, toasty oak, ginger spice and crème-brulée. This Chardonnay’s silky texture and bright, balanced acidity make it a perfect partner with rich seafood cuisine.
Maison Ogier 2015 Côtes du Rhône Artesis (Rhône Valley, France) $16.99 This wine is redolent with violets, dried herbs, assis and raspberries. The palate is smooth and enticing, offering black cherry, raspberry and currant fruit flavors, framed with hints of violets, herbs and earth. It comes to a bright, persistent finish with a kick of peppery spice.
Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale (Belgium) $11.99 Corsendonk’s Pater is a dark, robust abbey ale made by master brewers in the classic Belgian ‘dubbel’ style. It’s rich and malty, with a yeasty, fruity and lightly smoky bouquet, and notes of port, raisins and dark chocolate on the palate. A bottle-conditioned ale, it will age and develop, gaining more smoothness and complexity.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364