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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Spring concert alert:  This Saturday, May 5th at 7:00PM, the Yuma Orchestra Association presents “Orchestral Classics” at downtown’s Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street).  Musical selections will include Beethoven’s “Symphony #3,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Faure’s “Pavane,” Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” and traditional folk songs.  Tickets are available in advance at the Yuma Art Center box office and at the theatre the evening of the concert.  Admission is $10 for general admission ($15 per couple) and just $5 for students, seniors and military (kids under 12 are free).  All proceeds after concert costs go toward student scholarships.  For more info about the concert and the organization, go to
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

La Scolca 2009 Gavi (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99
Gavi comes from a small growing area in northwestern Italy near Genoa, situated on the steep slopes of the Apennines mountains.  Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this has the typical Gavi nose of almonds and citrus fruit, with a fine, fresh, delicate and fully dry palate.  The crisp, refreshing acidity of Gavi pairs particularly well with shellfish, salads and sushi.
Belle Vallée 2008 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon)    $17.99
Supple and sweetly ripe, this Oregon Pinot begins with heady aromas of blueberries, cherries and violets.  On the palate, the generous black cherry and wild berry flavors are shaded with white pepper and spice notes that linger enticingly on the finish.
Renato Ratti 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Occhetti (Piedmont, Italy)   $21.99
This single-vineyard Nebbiolo opens with a delicate, alluring bouquet of red raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays the classic varietal characteristics of juicy red cherries accented by complex accents of dried
herbs, earth and cedar, carried on an elegantly smooth and silky tannic frame
Ferrari-Carano 2009 Siena (Sonoma County)    $19.99
The Siena opens with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe, juicy red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant
acidity and soft tannins in this beautifully structured ‘Tuscan-style’ red. Tart cherry flavors linger on the finish, accented by a touch of dark chocolate. A proprietary blend of Sangiovese and Malbec.
Brophy Clark 2008 GSM (Santa Ynez Valley)    $17.99
The GSM blends three classic Rhone varietals – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – from three different Sanata Ynez Valley vineyards.  The result is a rich and wonderfully expressive red, with deliciously ripe raspberry,  boysenberry and plum fruit flavors accented by subtle spice notes.
Conn Creek 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $24.99
Fruit from Conn Creek’s Collins-Holystone Vineyard, in the St. Helena AVA, forms the core of this Cabernet, along with vineyards in Stags’ Leap District, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and the Spring Mountain AVA’s.  The unique character of Napa Valley is well reflected in this rich, supple and finely balanced Cabernet.
Scala Dei 2009 Vi Negre (Priorat, Spain)    $19.99
Vi Negre signifies “red wine” in the native Catalan tongue of northeast Spain.  It’s made from 100% Grenache and is completely un-oaked.  The wine offers lovely floral aromas, supple tannins and a slightly rustic character that would make it partner nicely with an array of hearty dishes.
Wattle Creek 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)  $34.99
This all estate-grown wine shows the classic Cabernet aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries and fresh raspberry notes. It’s smooth, sleek and supple on the palate, showcasing vivid dark fruit flavors accented by a light hint of anise.
Kim Crawford 2011 Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough,
New Zealand)    $19.99
Nearly perfect cool-climate growing conditions create intense varietal
character that’s unique to Marlborough.  The 2011 Spitfire is a bracingly crisp and clean white, offering intense aromas and vivid flavors of gooseberries, passionfruit and citrus.  A perfect partner with salads or seafood and it makes a wonderful apéritif all by itself.
Château Tour de Ségur 2009 Lussac-Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux,
France)    $26.99

Black plum and mixed berry aromas mingle on the nose.  A pleasant hint of sweet spice swirls amid the upfront black fruit flavors on the palate, with a fresh, food-friendly acidity and firm tannins.  This is a fine “Right Bank”
blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a superb vintage.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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