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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


I want to give everyone some advance notice of the 2014 Taste of Fine Art here in Old Town next week.  Friday evening, March 14th, the Yuma Fine Arts Association will present their 11th annual wine tasting extravaganza from 6PM to 9PM in the Art Center Museum located in the Yuma Art Center (254 S. Main Street).  As always, there will be a variety of fine wines to sample, along with an array of great appetizers prepared by chefs from some of our finer local restaurants.  There will also be a silent auction of both original artworks and other great items donated by local businesses and supporters of the arts.  Admission to the festivities is $40 per person ($70 for couples) – call 329-6607 or visit for more info.  This is always a fun event and it’s a great way to support the arts in Yuma, so put it on your calendar!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:


Clos du Val 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $21.99
Zesty grapefruit, citrus, fig and melon tones highlight this Napa Sauvignon Blanc, made with fruit sourced from vineyards in the Valley’s cool southern Carneros region.  The grapes were fermented in stainless steel to preserve their vibrant character. Aging took place in neutral oak to enhance the texture.


Banfi 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy)   $19.99
A solid, traditionally styled Riserva, this begins with attractive plum and cedar aromas.  On the palate, flavors of ripe dark cherries and plums are edged with complex notes of old leather and tea leaves.  Smooth tannins carry to the finish of this pleasantly dry and very food-friendly red.


AltoCinco 2011 Garnacha (Paniza, Spain)    $12.99
Alto·Cinco is 94% Garnacha from very old vines, with 6% Tempranillo.  The wine tastes of ripe strawberries, red cherries and raspberries, along with floral hints of violets and rose petals that complement a toasty mix of mocha and vanilla at the finish.


Peter Lehmann 2009 Clancy’s Red (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $14.99
A classic, flavorful Aussie red, the Clancy’s overflows with brilliant blackberry and plum flavors that are nicely edged with hints of thyme and black pepper.  The flavors never lose their zing all through a polished and elegant finish.  An equal blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


Bogle 2010 Phantom California Red    $18.99
Bogle’s Phantom is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre grapes, sourced from really old vines.  It offers concentrated red raspberry, dark chocolate and red and black currant flavors, framed by cedar and vanilla. This is one big, bold mouthful of fruit…


Martin Ray 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $24.99
This rich, mountain-grown Napa Cabernet offers gorgeous fruit purity, with ripe, fleshy black plum, currant and wild berry flavors that are framed and supported by firm yet beautifully polished tannins. The result is a concentrated, finely focused wine that’s intense and rich, yet exquisitely balanced.




Niner Wine Estates 2010 Bootjack Ranch Syrah (Paso Robles)    $23.99
Grapes for this wine were grown at Bootjack Ranch, an 148 acre estate vineyard situated on the east side of the Salinas River in Paso Robles.  Perfumed aromas of blueberry and violet greet the nose.  It’s pliant, gently sweet and fresh, with a building spiciness to its rich ripe dark berry fruit and floral pastille flavors.


Poggio Le Coste 2008 Barolo (Piedmont, Italy)    $39.99
This opens with brightly perfumed aromas of ripe strawberries and dried flowers.  On the palate, it’s delicate and balanced, with a layered profile of spice, mineral, licorice and black fruit flavor, a silky texture and a chocolate, coffee and raspberry aftertaste.


Bogle 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (California)    $11.99
This bright ruby-colored Zin offers a zesty fragrance of sweet baking spices on the nose. The palate has a fine mix of fresh acidity, easy tannins and plenty of Zinny personality, with flavors of ripe blackberries, damson plums, sweet mocha and spice.


Malheur “10” Golden Ale (Belgium)    $11.99
Malheur’s “10” is a bottle-conditioned golden ale.  Bright tinges of peach, pear and apple cider flavor this 10% ABV brew, which also displays some spice accents and touches of honey and lemon. Saaz, Styrian and Hallertau hops provide a nicely bitter edge to its light sweetness.




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

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