Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I, and I’m sure all of the other downtown merchants, am very happy to celebrate September’s arrival. We’re not quite there yet, but another toasty Yuma summer is beginning to fade and the prospect of cooler (and busier!) days seems right around the corner. As Fall beckons, lots of new wines start to show up on the shelves, and this week’s tasting seemed like the perfect opportunity to present some of them. So come on down to Old Town this week, stop by the Cellar and try some of these great new arrivals!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:
Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine (New Mexico) $17.99
This New Mexico sparkler offers surprising richness as well as good complexity, with a fine and persistent mousse. A toasty finish from two years aging on tirage complements the baked apple and juicy citrus flavors.
Talbott 2011 Estate Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands $29.99
This estate-grown Pinot Noir is from Talbott’s acclaimed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. It exudes a lovely perfume of black cherries, plums, balsam and spice. Admirable concentration and structure comes along with remarkable finesse and approachability. Flavors of dark stone fruits plus a riff of oak toast and spices coat the palate, supported by silky tannins.
Velvet Crush 2011 Crushmaster’s Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast) $12.99
Lush wines with a silky-smooth texture are the hallmark of Velvet Crush winemaking. The Crushmaster’s Cabernet is harvested from premium vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast. Rich, expansive flavors of blackberry and dark cherry are followed by hints of brown sugar and vanilla on the lingering finish.
Catena 2010 Vista Flores Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $15.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza. True to the varietal, it’s a juicy, mouth-filling red with deep, dark flavors of plum, currant and blackberry. Complex spice and pepper elements enliven the finish.
Querciabella 2009 Mongrana (Tuscany, Italy) $21.99
Mongrana is a ‘Super-Tuscan’ blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made with fruit sourced from Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region. Bright red cherry and currant flavors are enhanced with a touch of cedar. Smooth tannins and beaming acidity complete this elegant red.
Rombauer 2009 Merlot (Napa Valley) $29.99
Rombauer Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry, yet elegantly styled, it offers elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish carries subtle notes of cedar and vanilla.
Girard 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $29.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from mountain-side as well as century-old valley floor vineyards, producing a medium-bodied Zin with lush, integrated tannins, deliciously pure fruit and bright acidity. The aroma and flavor profile includes elements of raspberry preserves, red licorice and dark plum, along with light hints of tobacco, herbs and cedar.
Viña Mayor 2007 Secreto (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $19.99
Viña Mayor’s Secreto is a deep ruby, with a complex bouquet of black cherry and violets, plus added hints of spices and vanilla. Rich, full dark fruit flavors and exotic hints of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, with a harmonious balance framed by firm tannins.
Van Duzer 2010 Estate Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $17.99
On the nose, this Oregon Pinot Gris delivers an initial impression of restrained pineapple, peach, apricot and star fruit aromas on top of a clean flinty note. The palate delivers bright flavors of stone fruits and citrus, plus a finely etched minerality that frames the crisp finish.
Lindemans Cassis Lambic (Belgian Cassis Beer) $5.99 (375ml)
Lindemans Cassis is a true Belgian Lambic, made from local barley, un-malted wheat and wild yeast. After a spontaneous fermentation, the lambic is aged in oak. Fresh black currants are then added, initiating a second fermentation. The result is a truly unique beer with exceptional flavors and a remarkable degree of complexity.
Od Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364