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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
It’s springtime in Yuma, and the weather’s glorious!  That’s something to celebrate, and the best way to do that is to come down to Old Town Thursday or Friday and sample some of the great new wines that have come in to the Wine Cellar this year (at least that’s how I would celebrate).  Give it a try – great wines do go with great weather…
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Schweiger Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County)    $17.99
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 additional notes of pineapple, gooseberries and minerals that swirl their way to a refreshing finish.
David Girard 2009 Grenache (El Dorado County)    $19.99
This begins with a classic bouquet of red raspberries, white pepper and herbes de Provence.  The palate offers a delicious mix of red raspberry fruit and savory licorice tones carried on a smooth, balanced tannic frame.  The fruit stays wonderfully vivid all through the spicy finish.
Castello D’Albola 2008 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)  $15.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed in with hints of
leather, earth, plums and violets.  The palate is medium in body, with supple tannins and brisk acidity.  Classic Chianti flavors of ripe black cherries and plums are accented by a hint of licorice.
Bonterra 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino County)    $15.99
This MendocCabernet offers scents of red cherries, currants and raspberries, plus spicy notes of cedar and dried cranberries and a slight touch of vanilla.  In the glass, juicy currant and black cherry flavors abound on a rich and savory mouthfeel.
Trivento 2010 Golden Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $21.99
Trivento’s Golden Reserve offers rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black olives, violets and fennel.  The palate is smooth and plush, with vivid layers of cherry, fig and raspberry fruit followed by cocoa, cedar and licorice notes on a muscular finish.
Cline Cellars 2010 Live Oak Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)    $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 has super-juicy, brambly berry and spice flavors, almost like picking blackberries in the hot summer sun.
Chalone Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey County)    $12.99
This Cabernet opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet, edged with hints of
spearmint and oak toast.  It’s a smooth, balanced and complex wine on the palate, with a rich array of blackberry and cassis fruit framed with smooth and easy tannins.
Buena Vista 2010 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)    $15.99
This Sonoma Zin has an aromatic bouquet full of plum, blackberry and
blueberry, with notes of red currants and black pepper. It’s a full-bodied wine
with excellent structure that’s true to the varietal, nicely enhanced by a
pleasant touch of toast on the palate.
Folie à Deux 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)    $19.99
Folie à Deux’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed by subtle notes of earthy truffle and spice.  Precise and clean, this wine has an alluring palate of ripe black cherry fruit edged with a hint of tobacco leaf.
St. Gregory 2011 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County)    $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated aromas of
cantaloupe, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral
accent.  Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this wine a classic Burgundian mouthfeel.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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