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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, March 30th, the City of Yuma, Yuma Heritage Festivals and downtown merchants present the 2nd Annual “Lettuce Entertain You” festival in Historic Downtown Yuma.  This basically wraps up another great winter season here in Old Town, and it’s going to be a fun day filled with music, dance and entertainment.  As with pretty much all Main Street events,
local vendors, craftspeople and businesses will be offering their goods all
along Main Street, with plenty of food and drink for sale as well.  Admission is free of course, so come on down – the weather is just about perfect lately!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

X Winery 2011 White X Blend (North Coast) $14.99
The 2011 White X Winemaker’s Blend offers alluring aromas that blend flowers, tropical fruits and minerals together for a fresh and lively bouquet.  The flavors bring lime and orange zest to the top, followed by creamy vanilla,
honeysuckle, melon and a refreshing mineral edge.
Martin Ray 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $18.99
100% Pinot Noir, this wine spent 8 months in French oak.  It shows a wonderful bright ruby color, and offers aromas of wild berry fruit with a light touch of earth.  The flavors are full of cherry and raspberry with a soft finish – a perfect match with grilled salmon.
Las Rocas 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas (Calatayud, Spain)    $17.99
Conditions are perfect in Spain for the heat-loving Grenache varietal; the result is a wine that offers savory flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and peppery spice.  This one was produced from vines that are 80 to 100 years of age.  It’s richly flavored, with mineral notes that reflect the depths the roots have reached in their long journey through the parched Spanish soils.
Cigar Zin 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (California)    $17.99
The Cigar Zin is robustly ripe and flavorful, with bright aromas of black raspberries and eucalyptus on the nose leading into a silky, fruity-yet-dry
palate of tangy blackberry and dark plum fruit flavors.  Spicy hints of clove, cardamom and cedar mingle on the finish.
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 most 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 delicious Napa red.
Roberto Cipresso 2005 Quadratura del Cerchio (Tuscany/Sicily, Italy)   $34.99
Cipresso’s Quadratura del Cerchio (squaring the circle) combines
compatible terroirs from different regions of Italy.  This blends Syrah from Sicily with Brunello from Montalcino and Sangiovese from the Maremma.  The result is an intriguing wine with remarkable depth and character.
Cline Cellars 2010 Live Oak Zinfandel (Contra Costa Co.)    $27.99
Notes of eucalyptus, mint and exotic spices typify the Live Oak Zinfandel, sourced from a vineyard planted over 125 years ago by Italian immigrants.  Always a robust wine, the 2010 offers super-juicy, brambly berry and spice flavors, almost like picking blackberries in the hot summer sun.  Enjoy this as a partner with richer, spicier cuisines.
Bonterra 2011 Viognier (Mendocino County)    $15.99
Once found only in a small region in the Rhone River Valley of southern
France, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal.  This fresh, delicious white exudes scents of spring wildflowers and tangerines and delivers bright flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and citrus fruits.
Sicoris 2009 Costers Del Segre (Spain)    $15.99
The Sicoris is a Spanish blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Cabernet and 25% Tempranillo, plus small additions of Merlot and Syrah.  It was aged 10 months in a mix of French and American oak.  Savory notes of cedar, spices and violets on the nose lead to a round, pleasant and smooth-textured red.
R. L. Buller & Sons Fine Aged Muscat (Rutherglen, Australia)

This opens with a fabulous bouquet of toffee, melted caramel, brown sugar and hazelnuts.  It’s full and rich on the palate, with flavors that echo the nose.  Australia is a treasure-trove of these wonderfully rich, luscious fortified after-dinner treats, known as “stickies” Down Under.
Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale (Belgium)    $10.99
Corsendonk’s “Pater” is a dark and robust abbey ale, brewed by master craftsmen in the classic Belgian ‘dubbel’ style.  It’s rich and malty, with a yeasty, fruity and slightly smoky bouquet, and notes of port, raisins and dark chocolate on the palate.  A bottle-conditioned ale, this will age and develop, gaining more smoothness and complexity.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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