Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I want to make sure everyone’s aware of a few recent store location changes here in Historic Downtown. The former Main Street Shops building at 261 S. Main, right next to the Pint House, was home to a number of small boutique-style shops but is now empty pending sale. One of the tenants, Bare Naked Soap Co., has relocated just next door into the former Manhattan Parlor building at 255 S. Main; I just stopped by today to check it out and I must say it’s really impressive – way larger than their previous store space and stocked with a whole bunch of great looking merchandise. And three more former tenants, Dye-Verse Creations, Brocket Farms and Yumaz Homebrew, have relocated to a large shared space in the Lane Building, right around the corner from the Wine Cellar at 102 E. 3rd Street. DyeVerse Creations offers dye fusion printing and vinyl, including full color photos & designs on all sorts of items. Brocket Farms has all manner of consumables, such as Medjool dates, chocolate, loose leaf tea, local honey and much more, plus various gift items. And Yumaz Homebrew, run by my good friend Travis, has everything a home brewer needs, including classes on how to get started. So check them out the next time you make it downtown, and of course visit the Wine Cellar as well. We all hope to see you soon!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Heitz 2015 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $24.99 While best known for their Cabernets, Heitz has produced Chardonnay since the winery’s founding in 1961. Grapes are sourced from throughout Napa Valley, resulting in a wine that’s beautifully layered with mineral accents as well as vivid fruit flavors. This is a wine that truly captures the essence of the varietal.
Smith & Perry 2015 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $14.99 Smith & Perry is the second label of Van Duzer, one of Oregon’s leading wineries. Made from hand-harvested and carefully selected fruit, this is a balanced, fresh and vibrant Pinot Noir. Flavors of ripe black cherries are accented with touches of oak and spice.
Celler de Capçanes 2013 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain) $12.99 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 very smooth texture.
EOS 2015 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $15.99 Deep purple in hue, EOS Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate delivers a rich, full mouthfeel with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and spiced plum.
Girard Winery 2014 Firebirds Red (Napa Valley) $19.99 Girard’s Firebirds red blend is a rich and full-throttle wine, with a juicy flamboyance underlaid by remarkable depth and elegance. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries and blueberries mingle with accents of chocolate and espresso.
Zenato 2014 Valpolicella Ripassa (Veneto, Italy) $29.99 This wine opens with aromas of juicy black plums and coffee-scented spice. In the mouth, a ripe core of juicy currant and black plum fruit is accented with elements of spice and toasted oak. It’s a rich and mouth-filling red, with fruit-drenched tannins and a lingering, spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Frank Family 2013 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) $34.99 This wine has the deep, concentrated purple color that Petite Sirah is known for. Aromas of berries mixed with allspice, vanilla and anise lead to a wine that shows concentration and powerful. Velvety tannins surround luscious black fruit flavors, leading to a rich and textured finish.
Pascual Toso 2015 Malbec Reserva, Barrancas Vineyards (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99 A finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose. It’s rich and savory on the palate, packed with blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit. The fruit is framed with smooth, supple tannins.
Legado del Conde 2016 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $14.99 This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, mouthwatering finish.
Ayinger Oktober Fest Märzen (Bavaria, Germany) $5.99 Brewed in the traditional style, the Ayinger Oktober Fest Märzen is a rich golden color, full-bodied and rich. It pairs very nicely with Oktoberfest staples like pretzels, bockwurst, wienerschnitzel and roasted chicken, and is traditionally served in very tall glass mugs.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364