Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
We’ve made it to the last week of 2014, and once again I want to give a special thanks to all of my great customers and friends here in the Yuma area for their continuing support of the Old Town Wine Cellar. This year-end will mark 12 full years of doing business here in Historic Downtown Yuma, and it’s been a wonderful experience from the very beginning. I can promise you that the Wine Cellar will be here for many years to come, bringing the best wines and beers that we can to a community that we’re very happy to have become a part of. Just one last note for 2014: the Cellar will be closed Thursday, New Year’s Day, but we will be open our normal hours the rest of the week, New Year’s Eve included. So be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar if you need any bubbly or other wines to celebrate the arrival of 2015, and best wishes for a Happy New Year!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Ferrari Carano 2013 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County) $14.99
This Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, lively and stylish, with a zesty mix of orange rind, fig and grapefruit flavors, accented by subtle herb tones. Hints of lemon blossom make a pleasant backdrop to the bold, racy fruit. The finish is bright, clean and refreshing.
Laetitia 2013 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley) $22.99
Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied. Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.
Viña Zaco 2010 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) $14.99
Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards traditional Rioja designations such as Crianza, Reserva, etc. The goal was to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with spice in this delicious, modern-styled red.
Gauchezco 2011 Cabernet Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) $17.99
Better known for Malbec, the Mendoza region of Argentina also produces superb Cabernets. This Reserva offers dense, delicious dark fruit character on a silky frame. Firm tannins give it plenty of traction thru a fine, lingering finish.
Foppiano 2009 Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley) $19.99
The Foppiano’s have operated this Sonoma winery since the 1890’s. This estate-grown Petite, their hallmark varietal, exhibits a huge structure with a deep purple color, complex aromas of spices and peppercorns and concentrated flavors of ripe berries plus a subtle touch of chocolate.
Poggio Le Coste 2008 Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) $39.99
This opens with brightly perfumed aromas of ripe strawberries and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s delicate and balanced, with a layered profile of spice, mineral, licorice and black fruit flavor, a silky texture and a chocolate, coffee and raspberry aftertaste.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Rombauer 2010 Merlot (Napa Valley) $29.99
The Rombauer Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, it shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish carries a light accent of vanilla.
Sangiovese di San Marino 2010 Sangiovese (Republic of San Marino) $14.99
This 100% Sangiovese from the Republic of San Marino, located in the north of the Italian peninsula, is a textbook example of the varietal. Enticing, uplifted aromas of spicy cherry with subtle herbal tones give way to a palate of sweet dark cherry and currant fruit, with firm tannins.
Acacia 2012 Chardonnay (Carneros) $24.99
Citrus-laced flavors of baked apple, d’Anjou pear and white nectarine are punctuated by Meyer lemon zest, toasty oak, ginger spice and crème brûlée. This Chardonnay’s silky texture and bright, balanced acidity make it a perfect partner with rich seafood cuisines.
Mission Brewing Dark Seas Stout (San Diego) $18.99
This is a special limited edition of the Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout, aged for 12 months in a proprietary mix of whiskey barrels. Whiffs of dark chocolate and bourbon give way to luscious flavors of malted milk balls, cocoa, charry oak and a hint of whisky. It’s one truly audacious stout!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364