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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Friday, May 2nd, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents the Cinco de Mayo (Menos Tres) Fiesta here in Historic Downtown.  ‘Menos Tres’ as in 3 days before the actual holiday, so we can do it Friday night. You get it.  As always, the Main Street Plaza will have bands, lots of food and drink vendors, salsa and flan contests and just about everything you would ever need for a great Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The party starts at 6 PM and keeps on rolling until 11:00, so head on down Friday!


And this Saturday evening, May 3rd, Planned Pethood of Yuma presents the 6th Annual Yappy Hour Wine Tasting event right here at the Old Town Wine Cellar from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Planned Pethood is a local non-profit, all-volunteer organization that raises funds to support spay/neuter services for companion cats and dogs here in Yuma, and all proceeds from the event will go towards their ongoing campaign.  Tickets are just $25 per person or $40 per couple, with an assortment of appetizers to enjoy along with the usual great selection of wines to taste.  Call Rene at 920-1769 or Kelley at 446-2249 to reserve your tickets.   This is always a fun event here at the Cellar, so don’t miss it!


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


Row 11 2012 Civello (California)    $12.99
Civello is a refreshing white that combines ‘mainstream’ varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with other lesser-known yet very appealing examples such as Albariño, Verdelho and Friulano.  It’s bright, crisp and clean; a great match with a meal and perfect as an apéritif.


Row 11 The Magician Lot 11 (California)    $14.99
Magician is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot grapes, along with a healthy dose of some other varietals which are truly beyond obscure.  In the mouth, a bowl full of ripe black cherries and grapes is enlivened with an intriguing edge of smoky spice.  This is a great, uncomplicated by-the-glass pour.


Viña Zaco 2010 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)    $14.99
Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards traditional Rioja designations sucha as Crianza, Reserva, etc.  The goal was simply to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal.  Raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with a touch of spice in this modern-styled red.


Terre de Trinci 2009 Cajo Rosso del Umbria (Umbria, Italy)    $17.99
Cajo is an Umbrian blend of Sagrantino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  The wine was aged for 18 months in barrel and another 6 months in bottle prior to release.  The result is a rich and satisfying red, with a striking mix of floral and blackberry fruit flavors supported by firm, gripping tannins.


Black Stallion 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99
This full-bodied Cabernet offers aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, red currant and cedar. The rich fruit is accented with a savory array of spice and floral tones like nutmeg, ginger, lavender, vanilla cream and espresso bean.  Smooth, well integrated tannins carry it to a lingering, elegant finish.


Miraflores 2011 Malbec (El Dorado County)    $24.99
This Malbec from California’s Sierra Foothills region is a densely structured red, with aromas of black cherries, violets, cedar and a touch of spice.  On the palate, deep flavors of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark chocolate mingle on a smooth-as-silk texture, coming to a lengthy finish.




EnRoute 2012 Pinot Noir Les Pommiers (Russian River Valley)    $59.99
From the makers of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel, this superb Russian River Valley Pinot exudes cherry, plum and raspberry aromas, with tobacco leaf and oak accents.  In the mouth, layers of black and red fruits weave around finely integrated tannins.  A palate-coating texture mixed with refreshing acidity creates great complexity and persistence that continues to grow and evolve beautifully in the glass.


Castello Banfi 2012 Principessa Gavia Gavi (Piedmont, Italy)    $14.99
Banfi’s Principessa Gavi exudes pleasant scents of green apple with a floral accent.  It’s a light-bodied white that’s refreshing, fruity and fun. Green apple, juicy lime and white pear flavors edged with keen acidity make this the perfect apéritif.  The ending is clean and crisp, with lasting tart fruit flavors.


Roth Estate 2010 Merlot (Alexander Valley)    $17.99
Roth Estate Merlot is a densely structured red with aromas of black cherries, violets, cedar and a touch of spice. On the palate, rich flavors of blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate mingle on a smooth-as-silk texture, ending with a lengthy finish.




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

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