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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This coming Saturday, April 19th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will present another Saturday Afternoon Beer Tasting.  Way too much time has passed since our last brewfest here at the Cellar, and we’ve brought in some interesting new imports and craft beers since that time.  The tasting fee is just $5, and all six beers will be available by the glass as well.  The tasting will go from noon to 5 PM, so be sure to make your way down to Old Town this weekend to sample some great brews at the Cellar and help celebrate the fact that Tax Day is finally behind us.  And of course you can stop by before then and try some very nice wines…


THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING$10.00 for a taste of all six:


Bonterra 2012 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.


Gallo Signature Series 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $29.99
This Pinot Noir is sourced from the historic Olson Ranch Vineyard, high on the inland slopes of Monterey’s Coastal Range.  On the nose, aromas of lavender and dark cherries are framed with spicy accents of toasted oak.   Rich flavors of boysenberry, pomegranate, cherry, cassis and vanilla meld on a  silky mouthfeel, holding on through a lasting finish.


Château de Lascaux 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)    $17.99
This red absolutely sings of southern France.  The nose is redolent of violets, dried herbs, cassis and raspberries.  The palate is smooth and enticing, with black cherry, currant and raspberry fruit flavors accented by hints of violets, earth, herbs and spice.  It ends on a bright, persistent finish.


Bogle 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (California)    $11.99
This bright ruby-colored Zin offers a zesty fragrance of sweet baking spices on the nose.  The palate has a fine mix of fresh acidity, easy tannins and plenty of Zinny personality, with flavors of ripe blackberries, damson plums, sweet mocha and spice.


Tormaresca 2010 Torcicoda Primitivo (Puglia, Italy)    $19.99
On the nose, this Puglian Primitivo offers an array of dark fruit scents and exotic spice tones, plus a hint of toasted almonds.  The palate has rich flavors of blackberries and black cherries, with hints of herbs and licorice.  Both tannins and acidity are evident but keenly balanced, framing a long, velvety finish.


Austin Hope Cellars 2011 Treana (Paso Robles)    $29.99
The Treana shows a deep ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe, dark fruits and exotic spice.  Rich, expansive flavors of dark cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak accents.  Depth and power come from the 62% Cabernet Sauvignon component, the balance of 38% Syrah lends an inviting silky softness.




Tenuta Sassoregale 2010 Sangiovese (Tuscany, Italy)    $14.99
This is just about the perfect expression of what Tuscan Sangiovese is all about.  Bright ruby red, it offers classic varietal aromatics of spicy cherries accented by a subtle herbal/earthy element.  The palate is a bath of sweet red currants supported by fine, grippy tannins, finishing with a persistent, savory richness.


Stratton Lummis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)     $24.99
Stratton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the very heart of the Napa Valley.  It’s a blend of fruit sourced from premium vineyard sites in Oakville and Rutherford. On the nose, aromas of cassis mix with hints of chocolate.  A rich array of dark fruit flavors saturate the palate, with mild acidity and a silky mouthfeel.


Grace Lane 2011 Riesling (Yakima Valley)    $10.99
This is a classic Washington Riesling, with bright notes of apricot and tangerine on its fragrant nose. The rich palate delivers lush flavors of vanilla, Fuji apples and Satsuma oranges. The finish is balanced and clean, with light sweetness offset by crisp acidity.




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

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