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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This is a quiet week here in Yuma as just about everyone is preoccupied with enjoying our beautiful spring weather.  It’s almost a shame to spend any time indoors when it’s this nice outside, but some exceptions are allowable, like wine-tasting at the Old Town Wine Cellar.  We hope you can make it down to Historic Downtown and join us this week.  Here’s what on offer!




Chateau Graville-Lacoste 2015 Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)    $19.99
Pure and lively, this Graves strikes a glorious balance of flavor and refreshment. A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5%  Muscadelle, it offers aromas of peach, melon, wet stone, fresh-cut grass and citrus.  On the palate, it’s a balanced and elegant white with rich and vibrant fruit flavors.  The finish offers superb length combined with dazzling acidity.


Lyric by Etude 2015 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)    $17.99
Etude has made superb Pinot Noir in Napa’s Carneros region for over 30 years, and recently decided to apply their proven skill with the varietal to the Santa Barbara County appellation. Their Lyric bottling is a fine rendition of the varietal, with a core of rich black cherry fruit enhanced by notes of red raspberry and tart cranberry.


Torres 2014 Sangre de Toro Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain)    $9.99
This exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri. Dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones.  It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness.


Recanati 2014 Merlot (Galilee, Israel)    $17.99
A deep ruby in the glass, this wine offers rich aromas of cherry, fennel and orange peel and follow with flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, cassis, anise and eucalyptus. Long-lasting tannins coat the palate, but the deliciously ripe fruit flavors remain in the forefront along with a brightness that lingers pleasantly to a satisfying finish.


Ferrari Carano 2014 Siena (Sonoma County)    $19.99
Siena begins with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins. Tart cherry pie flavors linger at the finish, accented by a touch of chocolate on a long, pleasing finish


Penfolds 2014 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz (South Australia)    $32.99
This multi-region Shiraz was one of the first “Bin Number” wines produced by Penfolds, way back in 1959.  The 2014 vintage was sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. It offers thick and velvety flavors of blackberry and plum that are ripe and rich, showing notes of black tea, mineral and herbs on a juicy finish.




Grant Burge 2012 The Holy Trinity (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $34.99
The Holy Trinity is a traditional Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre, made in the style of the classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds of France’s Rhone Valley.  The grapes for this wine are 100% Barossa, handpicked from old, dry-grown vines that are 50 to 120 years of age.  The palate is rich and juicy, with vibrant flavors of fresh wild berries and smooth, silky tannins.


Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 484 Meritage (Napa Valley)    $18.99
The Cameron Hughes Lot 484 is balanced and elegant, with blackberry, red raspberry and cherry fruit and a pleasant hint of dark chocolate. It’s sleek, smooth and supple in the mouth, showing elements of spice and eucalyptus that enliven the lingering finish.


Kettmeir 2015 Müller-Thurgau (Alto Adige, Italy)    $17.99
Kettmeir has produced wines in the lush northern Italian Alpine region of Alto Adige since 1919. Müller-Thurgau is a hybrid grape created in the late 1800’s.  This wine offers floral scents of acacia and a whiff of stone fruit on the nose.  The vibrant palate offers juicy citrus, white peach, melon and a touch of nutmeg.


Waterbrook Reserve Merlot (Columbia Valley)    $22.99
The palate of this Columbia Valley Merlot expresses dark, succulent fruit, well-hewn tannins and dramatic spice notes that are accentuated by oak aging.  Dark magenta in hue, this exudes aromas of blackberry, cherry, allspice and toasted oak.  Rich flavors of ripe berries and plums dominate the finish.


Lindemans Framboise Lambic Beer (Belgium)    $11.99
Lindemans Framboise is a lambic made from barley, un-malted wheat, aged hops, fresh raspberry juice and airborne local yeasts – no yeast is ever added by the brewer.  Rich raspberry fruit flavors balance wild yeast complexity.  True lambic beers are produced only in the Senne River Valley of Belgium.




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

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