Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Saturday, May 21st, the Old Town Wine Cellar will present another Saturday Afternoon Beer Tasting. The tasting fee is just $5, and all of the beers will be available by the glass. We’ll go from noon to 6 PM, so make your way down to Old Town this Saturday and try some of the great new brews at the Cellar. And of course, you can stop by anytime this week and sample some very nice wines as well!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Hess 2014 Sus’kol Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $19.99
The 175 acre Su’skol Vineyard is planted with nine distinct clones of Chardonnay, in order to produce fruit with wonderful acidity and precise balance. Crisp and clean and yet deliciously rich, this minimally oaked Chard opens with a lush honeysuckle note and offers pure flavors of apple, pear and tropical fruit.
Hahn Winery 2014 SLH Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $22.99
Bright red fruit tones dominate the wine’s nose and palate, along with the darker fruit flavors characteristic of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. A deep ruby in color, Hahn’s SLH Estate Pinot Noir is vibrant and rich, with flavors of black cherry and blackberry, dried herbs and minerals balanced by a fresh, ‘cool-climate’ acidity.
Vigneti del Salento 2012 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $14.99
The baking hot sun of the Italian south, the ‘heel’ of Italy comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro is an ancient varietal native to Puglia, and it’s a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian dishes.
Artezin 2014 Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $14.99
This wine highlights the bright red fruit and spice expression of Zinfandel. The aromas are fresh and appealing, showing layers of strawberry jam, raspberry and vanilla bean. In the mouth, ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit is accented by subtle toasty oak tones.
The Lost Colony 2014 Syrah-Malbec (Dry Creek Valley) $17.99
The Lost Colony is a distinctive blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc sourced primarily from the warm Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma County. A rich, full and savory red, this shows lush flavors of red and black berries, cherries, currants and dark plum, with hints of clove and pepper.
J. Lohr 2013 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $29.99
J Lohr’s Hilltop Cabernet is always among Paso’s finest. Varietal fruit aromas of ripe black plums and violets are enhanced by a French oak barrel character of vanilla and dark chocolate. A dense, but very supple palate is followed by an intensely rich, fruit-filled finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
The Prisoner Wine Company 2014 The Prisoner (Napa Valley) $39.99
The Prisoner red blend was inspired by the “mixed blacks” made by the Italian immigrants who first settled in the Napa Valley. Zinfandel leads the way, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono along for the ride. This is a rich and hedonistic wine, packed with dense, luscious fruit.
Pieropan 2014 Soave (Veneto, Italy) $14.99
Pieropan is one of the most highly regarded producers in the Soave Classico zone. This “basic” Soave is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano grapes. A lively, tangy white, it’s marked by a distinct minerality and shows appealing flavors of star fruit, pear, blood orange and ginger, with a crisp, stony finish.
Bodegas Peñafiel 2009 miros de ribera Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $15.99
The miros de ribera Crianza is a deep ruby in the glass, offering a complex bouquet of black cherry and violets plus added hints of spice and vanilla. Rich, mouth-filling dark fruit flavors and exotic hints of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, in a harmonious balance framed by firm tannins.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364