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03/04/2019 Newsletter

Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

 

There’s nothing like watching 3:10 to Yuma on 3/10 in the Historic Yuma Theatre!  The Yuma Art Center is presenting back-to-back double feature screening of the iconic movie western – both versions!  The screenings kick off with a showing of the 1957 classic starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin at 4:00 PM Sunday, March 10th (why not at 3:10 PM?), followed by the 2007 remake featuring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Peter Fonda at 7:00 PM.  In case you’ve forgotten, the plot involves a small-time rancher who reluctantly agrees to take custody of a captured outlaw and escort him in secret to the nearest town with a railway station to board the 3:10 train for Yuma Prison.  A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher while his gang is in hot pursuit.  I’ve seen each one of them and they’re both really good films, even if they never actually make it to Yuma…

 

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 373-5202 or in person at the Yuma Art Center box office, Yuma Civic Center or Parks & Recreation Office at City Hall.  Don’t miss it!

 

THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:

 

Hugel 2016 Gentil (Alsace, France)    $17.99 Hugel’s Gentil is a proprietary Alsatian blend that combines the spice of Gewurztraminer, the texture of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the ripe juiciness of Muscat and the rich character of the under-rated Sylvaner varietal.  It’s clean, nicely dry and deliciously crisp on the palate.

 

Hearst Ranch Winery 2017 Julia Rosé (Paso Robles)    $16.99 The Julia Rose is particularly stunning in the glass. The bright salmon color heralds deep raspberry, rose petal and peach flavors, with refreshing acidity. A steely mineral edge extends a clean and zesty finish.

 

Browne Family 2016 Heritage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $21.99 This Oregon Pinot Noir offers a rich bouquet of red and black fruit with floral accents, plus scents of red plum, dark cherry and candied violets.  The palate offers a juicy fruit-forward entry, followed by a round and lively palate full of dark berry fruit and hints of cherry and jasmine.

 

Vigneti del Salento 2015 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy)    $12.99 The baking hot sun of the Italian south 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, an ancient native varietal in Puglia, is a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian cuisine.

 

Penfolds Max’s 2016 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)    $19.99 This deep magenta-hued blend of 77% Shiraz and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a nose of blackberry and powdered earth.  White pepper graces its inky espresso structure, inching its way through bold notes of plum and beetroot.  Violets chime in mid-palate, while a meaty grilled sensation is spiced to the “max” on the finish.

 

Black Stallion 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $29.99 This full-bodied Cabernet shows aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, currant and cedar. The rich fruit is accented with a savory array of spice and floral tones like nutmeg, ginger, lavender, vanilla cream and espresso bean. Smooth and well-integrated tannins carry this to a lingering, elegant finish.

 

NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:

 

Château Fonbadet 2013 Pauillac (Bordeaux, France)    $42.99 The Château Fonbadet gets its grapes from vineyards situated near the renowned Château Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.  This wine offers vivid aromas of ripe blackberries and crème de cassis, with accents of sweet tobacco and fresh herbs.  It’s plush and velvety on the palate, with a lasting finish.  Considering the neighborhood, it’s a phenomenal value…

 

Robert Hall 2014 Syrah (Paso Robles)    $18.99 Aromas of blackberries and blueberries meld with suggestions of dark chocolate, clove and oak on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of dark cherries, boysenberries, and blueberries along with nuances of sweet spices, chocolate and cedar.  The rich fruit is framed with polished tannins.

 

Miraflores 2017 Late-Harvest Viognier (El Dorado County)    $25.99 This late-harvest Viognier offers warm, enticing aromas of apricot nectar and honey that are perfectly reflected in its wonderfully rich flavors, with bright orange and citrus zest accents enliv enlivened by tangy acidity.  A delicious choice to cap off a great meal shared with friends and family.

 

King Harbor Brewing Royal Trader Oak-Aged Porter (Redondo Beach, CA)    $11.99 The first release in the Royal Trader series, this brew pays tribute to the historical port of Kawaihae Harbor, Hawaii.  An already decadently thick, intense porter, this was aged for six months in oak casks along with plenty of toasted Hawaiian coconut, giving it a deliciously rich flavor profile.

 

Cheers!

 

Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364

928-373-0405

 

http://www.yumawine.com

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