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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
A couple of fun options are on the table this weekend here in Old Town Yuma as we enjoy another beautiful spring in the desert:  On Saturday, March 23rd, Yuma Parks & Rec is offering canoe trips on the Colorado River.  The trips
commence at 9:00 AM at Gateway Park (259 S. Gila St.), cost is $20.00 per person (ages 6 and older).  For info, call 373-5243; you can register ahead of time by going to the city’s website at  That same day, the Yuma Art Center presents “56, The Rock & Roll Hits of the 50’s”, a celebration of one of the greatest years in the history of American
music.  The show opens at 7:00 PM at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.), admission is $22.00.  Call the Art Center Box Office at 373-5202 to
purchase tickets.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Domaine de la Tourmaline 2010 Muscadet Sèv+re et Maine (Loire Valley, France)    $12.99
This fragrant Loire white offers intense and very expressive aromas of citrus fruits, apricots and wildflowers.  It’s wonderfully fresh and zingy on the palate, offering a savory hint of salinity and a crunchy, defined mineral character.  Juicy white fruit tones emerge on the background, with a lightly peppery pear-skin accent coming in on the finish.
Michele Chiarlo 2010 Barbera d’Asti Le Orme (Piedmont, Italy)

Le Orme is an enticing red wine, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors accented by touches of violet and mineral.  Barbera’s vibrant acidic structure and easygoing tannins make it a great table red.
Bodegas Leda 2007 más de Leda Tempranillo (Castilla y León, Spain)    $18.99
This dark, dense Tempranillo opens with a fragrant Chambord and
blueberry bouquet.  The flavor profile is all about ripe dark berry fruit, laced with licorice accents plus a subtle hint of pepper.  The finish is nicely dry, with big tannins that show plenty of length.
Layer Cake 2010 Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)     $15.99
Dark, dense and inky, this is textbook Barossa Shiraz, yets it’s surprisingly well-balanced, overflowing with bountiful dark fruit yet not overly jammy on the palate.  Intense mocha accents complement the velvety mouthfeel, but this wine finishes clean and long.
Bodega Norton 2010 Privada (Mendoza, Argentina)    $22.99
The Privada is Norton’s signature blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a wine that really goes for the gusto, with plenty of toast and rich spice mingling with layers of ripe fig, plum and black currant fruit.  It ends with a dollop of licorice and spice on a long, thickly textured finish.
Belle Glos 2011 Pinot Noir, Las Alturas Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $39.99
This offers an intense, persistent nose of raspberry jam, black currants, spice and vanilla.  Rich flavors of fresh dark raspberries and blackberries exhibit an exotic, spicy quality, and the refined tannins create a soft, silky mouthfeel.  A fruit-laden, juicy finish seems to go on almost forever…
Saracina 2007 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County)    $29.99
This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit.  Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with mocha and spice touches adding to the abundantly ripe black fruit flavors.  It’s a big and bold yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.
Schloss Vollrads 2011 Estate Riesling (Rheingau, Germany) $17.99
Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wineries in the world, with wine sales first recorded in the year 1211. This wine’s refined and fresh aromas offer tones of Bosc pears, apples and wildflowers.  On the palate, fresh, juicy apple and peach fruit flavors are lifted with a slight spritz and beautifully framed by crisp acidity.
Conn Creek 2009 Herrick Red (Napa Valley)    $19.99
The Herrick Red is a tour of premier Napa Valley vineyard sites in a bottle, beginning with the Herrick Vineyard in Yountville that makes up the majority of the blend.  It also incorporates fruit sourced from the St. Helena, Calistoga, Rutherford, Oak Knoll, Carneros, Mt Veeder and Howell Mountain districts; each contributing distinct elements to this mostly Cabernet Sauvignon-based red.
Sterling Vineyards 2009 Syrah (Central Coast)    $9.99
Inky dark in profile, this Syrah opens with layered black fruit aromas of blackberries, licorice, and toasted coconut.  The palate brightens with raspberry and black currant across a fleshy, rich texture.  Ripe, chewy tannins, spicy cedar and vanilla toast are interwoven throughout this delicious red.


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

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