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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This is a big week here in our Yuma winter season, with the annual Lettuce Days celebration and the MCAS Air Show both taking center stage this weekend.  It’s pretty hard to compete with those great events, but we like to think that our weekly Wine Tasting is a great reason to venture to Historic Downtown Yuma on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and enjoy a selection of great wines from all over the world.  And I especially want to mention that this Wednesday, February 25th, Yuma Investment Group will be hosting the wine tasting at the Wine Cellar from 5 to 7 PM.  Stop by the Cellar on Wednesday and you can sample this week’s wine selections courtesy of Tom Rush and the rest of his team at Yuma Investment Group, a full-service Personal Financial Planning and Wealth Management Firm based right here in Yuma.  We hope you can make it!




Charles Krug 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $15.99
This is a bright, lively Sauvignon Blanc with an enticing mix of fresh grapefruit, kiwi, lime and fresh-cut grass aromas.  The palate is tangy and balanced, with flavors of ripe orchard fruits and citrus that stay nicely focused through a crisp finish.


Sartori 2011 Pinot Noir (Veneto, Italy)    $12.99
This northern Italian Pinot Noir shows a clear, bright ruby in the glass, with a violet edge.  The bouquet offers scents of black cherries, clove and chocolate, with a touch of spicy vanilla.  The palate is dry and well-balanced, a good blend of fruit and acidity.


Wente 2011 Sandstone Merlot (Livermore Valley)    $15.99
This estate-grown Merlot is sourced from hillside as well as valley floor vineyards, and was aged 16 months in both French and American oak barrels.  While lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines firm yet supple tannins with a rich and satisfying dark fruit character.


Rudy 2012 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)    $17.99
Rudy Zin is sourced entirely from a small Napa vineyard near Calistoga and made by Rudy von Strasser, long renowned for his Diamond Mountain Cabernets.  The wine opens up with rich aromas of black raspberry and sweet spices. The palate is rich and plump, braced by refreshing acidity.


Coto de Imaz 2008 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $24.99
This Reserva is a deep ruby red with a garnet edge.  The nose is redolent of red cherry fruit with a hint of leather and spices.  On the palate, juicy cherry and brambly ripe berry fruit flavors are nicely uplifted by complex spice and oak accents.


The Calling 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)    $32.99
The Calling Cabernet is rich and ripe, with a dark cherry and currant character and sweet/spicy accents of anise, nutmeg and vanilla.  Finely textured tannins and layers of complexity extend through a long finish.  It was aged 20 months in French oak (60% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered.




Domaine La Garrigue 2011 Côtes du Rhône (Rhone Valley, France)    $15.99
This is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah sourced from 60 to 90 year old vines.  A fresh nose gives pepper, red fruit and some earthy aromas.  In the mouth, red fruit flavors of raspberry and plum show plenty of brightness and acidity, with youthful tannins and sweet spice accents.


Gran Passione 2011 Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy)    $12.99
This is a round, balanced northern Italian red, featuring rich black cherry, raspberry, spice and tobacco elements that offset a firm structure. Subtle toasted oak notes give this additional depth and complexity. A powerful, heady Barbera, with fine length and a satisfyingly dry finish.


Layer Cake 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon The Beast (California)    $16.99
The Beast Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus accents of cedar and tobacco. Layers of spice-laden dark fruit fill the mouth, with a rich, creamy texture and elegant structure. Flavors of chocolate and espresso continue through a lengthy finish.


Coachella Valley Brewing Monumentous IPA (Thousand Palms, California)    $5.99
Monumentous combines bright hops with a solid malt base to create a bold, refreshing India Pale Ale.  A mixture of Northwest and New Zealand hops gives this a tangy citrus and earthy/spicy character upfront, but then the malts kick in with tasty hints of caramel and bread, finishing with a fine, slightly bitter edge.




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

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