Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
If you can’t make it by for the regular Wine Cellar wine tasting this Tuesday through Friday, you’ll have another opportunity this week to taste some good wine: on this upcoming Saturday evening, March 21st, the Yuma’s Foothills Optimist Club will hold their annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser right here at the Old Town Wine Cellar, beginning at 5 PM and continuing until 7 PM (and most likely later). This will be a benefit to help raise funds for the group’s youth programs, and the events they’ve held here at the Wine Cellar in the past have always been a lot of fun. There will be numerous appetizers and lots of raffle prizes as well, so give Mary Ann Moreno a call at 580-7293 if you’d like to order a ticket (cost is $20 per person).
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Schloss Vollrads 2010 Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau, Germany) $21.99
A deliciously opulent and concentrated Spatlese, this overflows with pure, ripe mango, passion fruit and pear aromas on the nose, with a similar fruit-basket of flavors melding on a creamy palate. There’s plenty of acidity to support all of the lush fruit, and a keen mineral edge.
Ferrari Carano 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) $29.99
This is sourced from Ferrari Carano’s three estate vineyards in the Anderson Valley. The nose exudes an array of aromatic delights like black cherry, red plum, raspberry and mild spice. The flavors echo the aromas, with added notes of cola and spice. Finely integrated tannins and deft oak aging give this wine a rich and polished mouthfeel.
Celler de Capçanes 2011 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain) $12.99
The Mas Picosa is a blend of organically grown old vine Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (30%). It shows beautifully concentrated dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry. Lush and velvety, the wine has a satisfying plummy richness and a smooth texture.
Banfi 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
A solid, traditionally styled Riserva, this begins with attractive plum and cedar aromas. On the palate, flavors of ripe dark cherries and plums are edged with complex notes of old leather and tea leaves. Smooth tannins carry to the finish of this pleasantly dry and very food-friendly red.
Bell Wine Cellars 2013 Big Guy Red (California) $15.99
The Big Guy Red is a ‘bistro blend’ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, punched up with a dose of Syrah. A wine with plenty of tasty dark fruit character, a nice touch of sweet oak and moderate tannins, it’s a great choice for everyday enjoyment.
Black Stallion 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $22.99
This full-bodied Napa Cabernet offers aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, red currant and cedar. The rich fruit is accented with a savory array of spice and floral tones like nutmeg, ginger, lavender, vanilla cream and espresso bean. Smooth, well integrated tannins carry it to a lingering, elegant finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Markus Molitor 2011 Riesling Kabinett, Bernkasteler Badstube (Mosel Valley, Germany) $24.99
The grapes for this wine are handpicked from steeply terraced, slate vineyard sites along the Middle Mosel River, then fermented with natural yeasts and aged on the lees. The aromas are reminiscent of vineyard peaches, honeysuckle and melon. The palate is juicy and elegant, with a creamy richness balanced with mineral notes.
Graziano 2009 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County) $17.99
This Mendocino Petite displays a delightful aroma profile of cracked peppercorns, bay leaf and clove, with light toffee notes in the background. The palate is a rich mouthful of ripe black fruits, framed by firm tannins and a nice dash of toasty oak at the finish.
Batasiolo 2010 Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy) $37.99
An elegant, beautifully structured Nebbiolo, this wine opens with exotic scents of cedar, violets and dried cherries. It’s silky, supple and velvety on the palate. Juicy blackberry and plum fruit interwoven by delicate notes of sweet spice lasts through a persistent finish.
Full Sail Brewing Cascade Pilsner (Hood River, Oregon) $5.99
Full Sail’s Cascade Pilsner is a refreshing Pacific Northwest take on a European classic. Made with Cascade hops; it features intense scents of citrus and pines, then a medium body, a dry, malty palate and a refreshingly clean, long and lightly herbal finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364