Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This week is the last full week before Christmas, and the pressure is really on now to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up. May I suggest the Old Town Wine Cellar as a great solution to the gift shopping challenge? Fine wine makes a really nice, and very easy gift! So stop by this week and make your life easier by browsing our great selection of domestic and imported wines and beers, and you’ll very likely find one (or more) that would make the perfect gift. Don’t delay – we hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Harken 2018 California Chardonnay $15.99 100% barrel-fermented with full malolactic fermentation, this was aged seven months in a mix of American and French oak. The result is a delicious medley of crème brulée and buttered toast notes along with ripe Bosc pear and tropical fruit flavors. Definitely a classic ‘California-style’ Chardonnay.
Inscription 2018 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Inscription Pinot Noir delivers lavish red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, well complemented by the typical Oregon character of mushroom, forest floor and earth. It’s rich yet well-balanced, nicely enhanced with subtle toasted oak and vanilla notes from French oak aging.
Boomtown 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $16.99 Boomtown is a silky smooth Columbia Valley Cabernet that’s bursting with juicy, fruity appeal. A dusty violet in color, it has inviting aromas and flavors of blueberry, sweet pea blossom, black licorice and pencil shavings with a satiny texture and a long, warming finish.
Château du Caillau 2017 Malbec (Cahors, France) $17.99 Cahors in southwest France has been known since the Middle Ages for its super-dark, high-tannin Malbecs – the “Black Wine of Cahors.” Philippe Bernede’s family has produced Malbec there for six generations, but now he crafts his wines in a modern style that melds rich blackberry and currant fruit with a solid tannic structure and subtle smoky nuances.
Il Borro 2015 Pian di Nova (Tuscany, Italy) $27.99 This Tuscan blend of 65% Syrah / 35% Sangiovese is superbly balanced, with an abundance of rich dark fruit flavors in a classic Old World style. Complex notes of sweet tobacco, anise and peppery spice mix with a wealth of currant and black cherry fruit.
Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $39.99 This fruit-filled, full-bodied Napa Zin is graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe dark cherries. A subtle waft of freshly roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds mingles with soft red raspberries on a long and persistent finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Penner-Ash 2017 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $39.99 This Oregon Pinot is a deep garnet in the glass. The nose offers fresh red berry and pepper-spice aromas, with a floral nuance giving complexity. It’s rich and focused on the palate, with juicy red currant and black cherry fruit and a touch of bitter chocolate. Spice notes enliven a long, elegant finish.
Navarro 2017 Estate Gewürztraminer (Anderson Valley) $19.99 Exotic aromas of lychees, orange blossoms and spices leap from this dry, Alsatian-styled Gewürztraminer. Ripe, round fruit flavors of white pears, lychee, tangerine and kumquat are lifted by the bright acidic structure into a lingering, spicy finish. Gewürz makes a fine apértif by itself, and a fine partner with spicy cuisines like Indian, Chinese and Thai.
Damilano 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $22.99 Damilano’s 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo exudes a rich, alluring bouquet of red raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays the classic varietal character of ripe red cherries accented by complex accents of dry herbs, earth and cedar, carried on an elegantly smooth and silky tannic frame.
Silver Totem 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills) $15.99 Washington State’s volcanic soils create the ideal environment for Cabernet to develop its full potential. This has aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry and a rich palate of blackberry and currant. The consistently warm summers and cooler evenings of the Pacific Northwest help to insure the Cabernet grape’s vibrancy, and also produce a refined tannic structure.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364