Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, April 16th from 4 to 9PM, the Main Street Plaza and the Yuma Art Center in Historic Downtown will be the scene of ARTbeat 9, the annual juried art show and sale sponsored by the City of Yuma Parks, Art & Recreation Commission. ARTbeat is an eclectic mix of both recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists who work in a variety of artistic mediums, including sculpture, painting, jewelry, graphic design, glass, ceramics, photography and mixed media. The art displays are accompanied by live musical performances and a general party atmosphere on the Plaza, so head downtown this Saturday to enjoy some great art and our fantastic Yuma spring weather!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
Skyfall Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley) $14.99
On the nose this Washington State Pinot Gris gives a first impression of restrained pineapple, peach, apricot, and light floral aromas on top of a clean flinty note. The palate offers bright flavors of stone fruits and citrus, with a finely etched minerality that frames a crisp and refreshing finish.
Tuscan Sun 2012 Auguri (Tuscany, Italy) $17.99
Tuscan Sun’s Auguri is a blend of 80% Sangiovese along with small additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine opens with hints of violets, spiced fruits and fresh herbs. The palate is distinguished by an excellent balance of ripe black cherry and plum fruit supported by solid, drying tannins.
Calina 2013 Carmenere Reserva (Maule Valley, Chile) $10.99
The Carmenere grape is native to France’s Bordeaux region, but it’s now grown almost exclusively in Chile. This wine offers all of the varietal’s characteristically bold, spicy, smoky essence. Black raspberry and plum flavors ride on a velvety texture, laced with nuances of tobacco, mocha and herbs.
Skyfall Vineyard 2012 Merlot (Columbia Valley) $15.99
The Skyfall Vineyard Merlot is a savory red with a complex bouquet of ripe dark cherry, pomegranate and plum scents, followed by intricately woven flavors of raspberries and black plums. Smooth, supple tannins carry all that generous fruit to a long, silky finish.
Benziger 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $18.99
Softly textured, rich in flavor and moderate in tannins, this is a supple and full-bodied Cabernet with generous flavors of berries, cedar, green olives and dark chocolate. A light degree of toast from oak aging gives additional complexity to a polished finish.
Marques de Murrieta 2010 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $24.99
On the nose, this Rioja Reserva offers exotic aromas of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. A smooth and velvety palate has abundant dark cherry and black plum fruit flavors, plus exotic notes of fresh earth, tobacco and Indian spice that carry to the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Villa Borghetti 2011 Amarone (Veneto, Italy) $49.99
Villa Borghetti Amarone offers a fragrant bouquet of black currants, blackberries, vanilla and sweet almonds. It’s rich and warm in the mouth, with delicious flavors of ripe, raisined fruit accented by a spicy cinnamon and baking spice edge. A soft and silky texture frames the lengthy finish.
Mer Soleil 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands) $24.99
In every vintage, the Mer Soleil is among the richest and most distinctive Chardonnays of California. The 2014 offers a full and lush mouthfeel that’s rich in apricot jam, crème brûlée and toasty butterscotch flavors, but for all of the opulence, it’s fully dry and has a zesty acidity to balance the creamy finish.
Boulevard Brewing Chocolate Raspberry Ale (Kansas City, Missouri) $14.99
Boulevard’s Chocolate Ale has been a popular part of their Smokestack Series for several years now. They collaborated with celebrated chocolatier Christopher Elbow to get the chocolatey nuances just right. This new version for 2016 pairs bright flavors of raspberries with savory dark chocolate.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364