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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


The holidays are past and 2017 is here – I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve festivities and New Year’s Day holiday.  The Old Town Wine Cellar will keep rolling along into the new year with our weekly wine tastings, so as always be sure to make it part of your New Year’s resolutions to get down to Historic Downtown more often and sample some of our great domestic and imported wines – like these for example!




Bruno Giacosa 2014 Roero Arneis (Piedmont, Italy)    $22.99
Arneis is an ancient grape varietal that originated in northern Italy’s Piedmont. It make a refreshingly crisp and lightly floral white with bright flavors of pears, apricot and citrus.  It finishes bracingly clean, with a tangy mineral character.


Primarius 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir     $15.99
Dark fruit aromas dominate the nose on this Pinot, primarily black cherry, with touches of spice and oak.  The body is light and elegant, with red cherry, blueberry and pomegranate flavors that finish with a spiced-cherry edge.


Casa Castillo 2012 Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain)    $11.99
Monastrell, known as Mourvèdre in southern France, is a key component of France’s Rhone Valley reds, including the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Papes.  But the varietal actually originated in Spain, and is the most widely grown grape in some regions. This version from Jumilla is a fine example of Spanish Monastrell.


St. Hallet 2014 Faith Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $15.99
St. Hallet’s Faith bottling offers vibrant black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate flavors, balanced with smooth, supple tannins and a hint of vanillin oak.  The overall palate effect is of rich, ripe dark fruit and a fine generosity of flavor – classic Barossa Shiraz.


Allegrini 2012 Palazzo Della Torre (Veneto, Italy)    $19.99
This savory northern Italian red is crafted in an innovative fashion, with a portion of the grapes dried for 3 months prior to pressing.  The result is a sort of “baby Amarone” that offers a silky texture and a complex, refined palate.  A bouquet of floral tones, vanilla and black fruits is followed on the palate by juicy dark cherry and plum fruit, plus complex spice tones.


Justin 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)    $24.99
Aromas of black cherry, currant and vanilla waft from the glass.  A soft, delicate entry is woven into a deep, plush palate that offers flavors of blueberry, cassis and a moderate touch of spice.  Ripe, supple tannins with a touch of dark chocolate frame the satisfying finish.




Ancient Peaks 2014 Renegade Syrah (Paso Robles)    $24.99
Renegade has concentrated red and black fruit aromas with suggestions of cedar, smoked bacon and high-toned oak.  The palate is packed with velvety layers of boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and currant fruit, edged by notes of vanilla and pepper.


Pietradolce 2013 Etna Rosso (Sicily, Italy)    $19.99
Etna Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese, a native Sicilian grape grown at an elevation of 2,000 feet on the slopes of the Mt. Etna volcano. It’s a medium-bodied, dry, and complex red, with an aromatic bouquet and vivid flavors of cherries, crushed raspberries and white pepper.  Polished tannins and good acidity make this a great dinner red.


Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2014 Riesling Spatlese, Wehlener Sonnnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany)    $27.99
This Riesling rushes the palate with explosive white peach, apple, pear and citrus flavors, plus hints of red fruits and a touch of banana. A vivid thread of stony minerality and spritzy, tongue-tingling acidity unfolds to complete the package. This wine tastes like pure nature…


Terra d’Oro 2014 Barbera (Amador County)    $17.99
The Barbera grape, native to Northern Italy’s Piedmont, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity, medium-bodied red with the classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice.  Well-balanced acidity and light tannins make it a great food wine.




Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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