03/18/2014 Newsletter

03/18/2014 Newsletter

Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

 

I’m sharing some sad news today – Old Town’s Tuesday Farmers Market has but one week left!  This season the Tuesday Farmers Market here on the Main Street Plaza has really been a success, and for good reason – there’s consistently been a far greater volume and variety of fresh produce available than in years past, along with quite a few other interesting comestibles such as smoked Alaskan sockeye salmon, a gazillion different kinds of flavored pastas, locally produced pickled veggies, etc., etc.  If you haven’t been able to get down here this winter, try to make it downtown next Tuesday before they’re all done for the season and check it out.  But don’t worry – the Wine Cellar will be here for the duration!

 

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

 

Hartford Court 2011 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $24.99
This Chardonnay opens with lush tropical tones of orange blossoms, pineapple and honeyed peach, along with a buttery note of pastry crust.  The elegant palate offers a measure of balancing minerality, and a satisfying touch of oak toast adds to its deliciously creamy, rich character.

 

Antinori 2011 Santa Cristina (Tuscany, Italy)   $10.99
A perfect ruby red in color, this Tuscan blend crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori offers an alluring bouquet of raspberry and cherry fruit, along with notes of violet and cedar.  The palate is bursting with delicious berry and plum fruit, accented with a light hint of pepper.

 

Palacios Remondo 2009 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain)    $18.99
A mixture of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo, La Montesa opens with scents of ripe red fruits, along with light notes of vanilla and toasted oak.  The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with rich flavors of dark plum and cherry plus a touch of licorice.

 

Bonterra 2011 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)    $15.99
Made only with organically grown grapes from cool Mendocino County vineyards, this is a zesty and youthful “fruit-bomb” style of Zin, overflowing with bright red raspberry, cracked pepper and spicy licorice flavors.

 

Niner 2010 Bootjack Ranch Merlot (Paso Robles)    $23.99
Niner’s 2010 Bootjack Ranch Merlot delivers the fruitiness of California and the complexity of Bordeaux.  The nose offers aromas of wild berry, dark plum and cherry, plus floral accents.  The fruit carries through on the palate, mixed in with spice notes of lavender, anise, thyme and cedar.

 

Luigi Righetti 2010 Amarone Classico Capitel de’Roari (Veneto, Italy)    $34.99
Amarone is produced from the same native grape varietals (Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara) as Valpolicella, the basic table red of northern Italy’s Veneto.  But for Amarone, the best grapes are air-dried for up to three months before pressing, creating a wine with far more richness and flavor complexity than any standard Valpolicella – incomparably rich, yet fully dry.

 

NEW ARRIVALS:

 

Girard 2011 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)    $29.99
This beautifully captures Petite Sirah’s lusty elegance. The lust is in the exuberant way that the wine overflows with ripe blueberry, violet, spice, and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Elegance is in its classic structure, in no small part due to the pedigree of the century-old vines that provided the grapes.

 

Rosenblum Cellars 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma County)    $18.99
This Sonoma Zinfandel exudes scents of sweet vanilla, fennel and ripe blueberries and boysenberries.  It’s lush and juicy on the palate, overflowing with ripe, brambly  wild berry fruit flavors that culminate on a long finish edged with pepper and spice.

 

Folie à Deux 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $17.99
The Folie à Deux 2012 Chardonnay is rich and seductive. Aromas of pear and melon emerge on the nose, followed by flavors of Fuji apple, tangerine and pineapple citrus.  Partial malolactic fermentation produces a creamy mouthfeel, yet the wine is vibrantly clean and fresh from the start to the finish.

 

Liefmans Gooudenband (Belgium)    $14.99
Goudenband is one of the most distinctive dark beers in the world.  Brewed in open vats with beers of mixed fermentation levels, it matures for up to a year in the cellar and is then fortified with younger beers so that the fermentation process starts again.  A classic beer for aging, this will improve over the years like a fine wine.

 

Cheers!

 

Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364
928-373-0405

 

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