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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


We’re featuring our standard Wine Tasting as always this week, but I do want to let everyone know about a special tasting event that will take place at the Cellar this Wednesday, January 13th.  That day from 5:00 to 7:30, the Wine Cellar will host a tasting of newly released wines from Miraflores Winery of El Dorado County, California, which is owned by Yuma’s own Dr. Victor Alvarez.  This event is being sponsored by Yuma Investment Group, and will be free for all who attend.  Dr. Alvarez will be on hand to talk about the wines and his acclaimed Sierra Foothills winery.  The wines will be accompanied by a variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared especially for the occasion.  I’ve been selling Dr. Alvarez’s wines for over a decade now (the only place in Arizona that you can buy them!) and I can attest to how really special these wines are.  Please stop by Wednesday if you can and give them a try, and meet Dr. Alvarez if you haven’t already.  We hope to see you!



Dreaming Tree 2013 Everyday White (Central Coast)    $14.99
Dreaming Tree’s Everyday White offers alluring aromas that blend flowers, tropical fruit and minerals together for a fresh and lively bouquet.  The flavors bring lime and orange zest to the top followed by creamy vanilla, honeysuckle and melon, with a distinct mineral edge.


Laetitia 2013 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)    $22.99
Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied.  Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.


Dreaming Tree 2012 Crush Red (North Coast)    $14.99
Crush Red is a blend of 2/3 Zinfandel and 1/3 Merlot.  The wine greets the nose with lush aromas of ripe raspberries, spice and vanilla. The taste is all about fresh, juicy berry and cherry fruit, carried on a velvety mouth-feel.  The finish is smooth and satisfying, lingering nicely.


Chateau Pesquié 2012 Terrasses Ventoux (Rhone Valley, France)    $16.99
Chateau Pesquié is in the southern Rhone, but the altitude and thus cooler temperatures of Mt. Ventoux lend the terroir more northern Rhone-like characteristics of texture and finesse.  An intense nose exudes spicy notes, especially black pepper.  This blend of 70% Grenache & 30% Syrah offers round tannins and plenty of rich dark fruit.


Katherine Goldschmidt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)    $19.99
This was made with grapes sourced from Nick Goldschmidt’s own Crazy Creek Vineyard. Black cherry and currant aromas mix with notes of sage, anise and cedar.  The full-bodied palate shows a firm tannic frame, nicely balancing the abundantly ripe fruit.


Renato Ratti 2009 Barolo Marsenasco (Piedmont, Italy)    $44.99
This is a sumptuous and supple yet elegantly styled Barolo, with gorgeous layers of cherry, cedary spice, floral tones and dried herbs, all in superb harmony.  The palate displays fine depth and excellent overall balance.




Hartford Court 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $29.99
Hartford Court is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot.  Aromas of dark raspberries and cherries emerge from the glass, plus a hint of rose petals.  The palate shows rich black fruit flavors plus undertones of cola, Asian spices and black tea.  It’s a seductively layered wine with fine acidity and soft, enveloping tannins.


Geyser Peak 2011 Tectonic Red (Alexander Valley)    $22.99
Well-structured, with exotic spice  and bright plum flavors, Tectonic Red is a complex wine offering a mix of fruit and earth elements.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot make superb blending partners, with the Petit creating fine depth and aromatic quality and the Cabernet rounding out the palate with rich berry fruit and firm tannins.


Callia Bella 2013 Syrah-Malbec (San Juan, Argentina)    $9.99
This Argentinean red blend has aromas of blackberry, violet, juicy plum, ripe figs and sour cherries.  The balanced palate offers a mix of blackberry, cherry and chocolate.  It has a pleasant touch of sweetness and a well-structured, smooth and silky finish.


Lagunitas Imperial Stout (Petaluma, California)    $4.99
This massively thick and opaque beer pours dark and dense, with a creamy mocha head and aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and French Roast coffee.  The mouthfeel is full, smooth and round, offering bold flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and vanilla.




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

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