Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This coming Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day, and fortunately you still have some time to pick up a nice gift for Dad. You know he’s hard to buy for, so this year get him something that’s simple but that you know he’ll really appreciate and enjoy – a nice bottle of wine! A classy Napa Cabernet, a premium “Super-Tuscan” red from Italy, or maybe a 20 Year Aged Tawny Port – there are lots of wonderful wines to choose from here in the Cellar. Or what the heck, a Wine Cellar gift certificate would do just as well, and he can browse to his heart’s content and pick out exactly what he wants. Who knows, he might just invite you to share a glass with him!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Swanson 2011 Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley) $17.99
Swanson consistently produces one of the finest Pinot Grigios you will ever find from California. The nose is fresh and zesty, full of juicy citrus and complex mineral scents. Flavors of melon, peach and tangy citrus are accented with a snappy mineral edge.
J Lohr 2011 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $16.99
Falcoln’s Perch is a blend of 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Valdiguié. The nose offers aromas of dark berries, rose petals and exotic spices. It’s delicious and seductive, with dark cherry and berry flavors plus complimentary notes of spice, anise and oak toast.
Delas 2012 Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit (Rhone Valley, France) $12.99
Saint-Esprit is crafted from a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes sourced from a small village in the Ardeche region. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep, granitic hillsides provides superb growing conditions for the vines. This is a supple, silky Rhone red, with complex flavors of blackberry, mocha, pepper and herbs.
Artezin 2007 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County) $17.99
Vivid, pure blackberry, raspberry and blueberry flavors are terrifically ripe, juicy and deeply
concentrated. Full-bodied tannins manage to stay in the background to let a delicious core of dark fruit flavors swirl on the palate. Peppery accents enliven the lasting finish.
Tres Sabores 2010 ¿Por qué no? (Napa Valley) $24.99
¿Por que no? is the quintessential party, pizza, picnic, Bbq and bistro red, thanks to the spirited joy it brings to the palate. Calistoga Zinfandel, Rutherford Cabernet & Petite Syrah and even some gorgeous Oakville Cabernet grapes make this unconventional blend utterly delicious. ¿Por qué no?! Why not try it?
Justin 2011 Justification (Paso Robles) $39.99
The Justification may be California’s highest expression of Cabernet Franc. This vintage offers aromas of cherry, currant and leather, with a smooth palate and lush, pure red fruit flavors. Hints of caramel and cinnamon from French oak aging round out this superb red blend.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Roth Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Alexander Valley) $14.99
This Sauvignon Blanc is zesty, juicy and mouthwatering; vibrant with citrus, guava and passionfruit flavors, laced with a fine mineral edge. The ripe, vivid fruit flavors persist all through a lingering, expressive finish. A great hot-weather quaffing wine.
Nino Negri 2007 Sfursat Sforzato di Valtellina (Lombardia, Italy) $39.99
The Sfursat is crafted from Nebbiolo grapes grown on the steep hillsides of the Valtellina region of northern Italy just south of Switzerland. The grapes are air-dried for 3 to 4 months in the manner of Amarone, adding fine depth and complexity while keeping all the classic grace and beauty Nebbiolo is renowned for.
Ayinger Weizenbock (Bavaria, Germany) $4.99
A weizenbock is a wheat ale (weizen-beer) brewed to be strong as a bock, with a corresponding fuller body and richer flavors. This offer the essence of the harvest, freshly-baked bread, even – somehow – sunshine on a fall afternoon in Bavaria. The finish is a glorious mix of tropical fruits, cloves and banana.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364