Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
You’ll notice this week’s newsletter is arriving just a little bit early – the reason for that is my eminent departure on an Australian vacation! Two weeks of Aussie-style R & R, some scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, some side trips to wine country Down Under – it’s all sounding pretty good to me right now. But fear not, the Old Town Wine Cellar will remain open; as you can see from this week’s wine tasting set forth below. I just won’t be here for it, that’s all. The Cellar will be in good hands, so don’t stay away just because I’ll be gone – it may be more fun without me! And by the way, you won’t be seeing a newsletter at all next week as I will be far, far away, but there will be the usual wine tasting on Thursday and Friday of next week as well. So come on down to the Wine Cellar this week and the next, and I’ll see you in June!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $5.00 to try all six, or $5.00 for a full glass:
Kendall-Jackson 2008 Summation (California) $15.99
Summation is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Viognier and a half-dozen other white grape varietals. It’s a crisply dry and clean white table wine with refreshing tones of melon, peach, pink grapefruit and white pepper.
Raimat 2009 Albariño Viña 24 (Costers del Segre, Spain) $10.99
The suddenly fashionable Albariño varietal doesn’t always have to come from the Rias Baixas region! It also grows very well in the cool, high altitude vineyards of Spain’s Costers del Segre. This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy white offers delicate aromas of citrus, dried flowers and spices. Vivid white peach and citrus flavors are backed by a lively, fresh acidity.
Bearboat 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $17.99
Made by California sparkling wine producer Piper-Sonoma, the Bearboat Pinot is aged in French oak for 10 months. The nose offers hints of spicy toast and cassis. The rich, medium-bodied palate suggests fresh dark raspberries and sweet red currants, and delicate accents of licorice enhance a fresh and lingering finish.
Penelope Sanchez 2009 Tinto Joven (Campo de Borja, Spain) $11.99
The grapes for the un-oaked Penelope Sanchez (85% Garnacha / 15% Syrah) were crushed by foot. The wine begins with an alluring bouquet of spice, cedar and black cherries. On the palate, it’s an elegant yet succulent red, with flavors of currant preserves and a dash of café latte.
Liberty School 2007 Syrah (Paso Robles) $12.99
Liberty School Syrah is a rich and full-bodied wine with an intense ruby color. On the nose, ripe berry fruit aromas mingle with fresh floral tones. The palate provides a pleasant mix of blackberry and plum fruit flavors along with a nice interplay of smoky, peppery tones. Just enough acidity helps make this a food-friendly red.
Tormaresca 2008 Primitivo Torcicoda (Puglia, Italy) $19.99
On the nose, a wide spectrum of dark fruit scents and exotic spice tones, plus a wisp of toasted almonds. The palate offers rich flavors of blackberries and black cherries, and hints of herbs and black licorice. The tannins and acidity are distinct but keenly balanced, framing the long, velvety finish.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY “PREMIUM POUR” ($10.00 a glass)
Sequoia Grove 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $34.99
This elegantly crafted, balanced wine is marked by fine, pure, ripe blueberry and cassis aromas and flavors, with notes of spice, cedar and light vanilla set in a silky texture, framed with refined tannins. A delicate hint of eucalyptus lingers on the finish.
Gnaughty Vines 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) $19.99
Gnaughty Vines sources fruit from just five premium vineyards located in the Dry Creek Valley appellation of Sonoma County. The result is is a balanced and full flavored Zinfandel, with savory aromas of spicy cherry and raspberry. In the mouth, rich, brambly blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors mix with tones of spice and vanilla.
Wilson Creek Almond Champagne (Temecula Valley) $14.99
Wilson Creek’s Almond Champagne is an enticing and fragrant sparkler that offers a lush nose of marizipan and almond. In the mouth, a delightful mixture of sweetly ripe fruit and nutty flavors is backed by a tangy effervescense. It’s a perfect match for any light dessert and a wonderful apéritif.
Chateau Bonnet 2007 Cabernet-Merlot (Bordeaux, France) $12.99
This is a finely crafted Bordeaux red from a well-regarded vintage. It offers fresh black cherry and black currant scents on the nose. In the mouth, the ample fruit is accented with hints of spices and dried herbs, along with a pleasant note of toasty oak that carries through the finish.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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