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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, May 18th, Historic Downtown Yuma will be the scene of another North End Art Walk.  The Art Walk is a recurring event involving local artists, downtown merchants and property owners and the City of Yuma’s Arts and Culture Commission. As many as 50 artists will team up with
downtown businesses to create showplaces for their artistic creations.  In addition to all sorts of art, from paintings to jewelry to ceramics, the Art Walk will feature performances of live music along the way, plus light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

The event will commence at 5:00 PM and continue until 9:00 PM Friday evening.  Admission will be free at all participating locations, which includes many of the businesses downtown, as well as the Yuma Art Center, the Historic Yuma Theatre and the North End Artists Co-op right next to the Theatre.  Not to mention the Old Town Wine Cellar – you can enjoy some great art along with the usual great wine.  Hope to see you down here!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Sebastiani 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $18.99
Light gold in color with a big green apple and limestone aroma, this wine is remarkably rich and deep for being completely un-oaked.  The palate is of medium weight with concentrated white peach and nectarine flavors.  It finishes with a crisp and tangy splash of acidity.
Hahn Winery 2010 SLH Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $27.99
Bright red fruit dominates the nose and palate, along with the black fruit flavors characteristic of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs.  A deep ruby in color, Hahn’s SLH Estate Pinot Noir is vibrant and rich, with vivid flavors of black cherries, dried herbs and minerals balanced by a fresh, ‘cool-climate’ acidity.
Pascual Toso 2009 Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina)    $17.99
A finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose.  It’s fresh and bouncy on the palate, with lots of blackberry, blueberry and briar flavors.  The fruit stays fresh and flavorful through the juicy finish.
Marques de Riscal 2005 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $23.99
This opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja
reds are famed for. In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors
mingle with a touch of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from two years of oak barrel aging.
EOS Estate 2007 Zinfandel (Paso Robles)   $14.99
Ripe blackberry and red raspberry aromas and flavors blend with pleasant spice notes on the nose of this always-reliable Paso Zin.  Vivid flavors of raspberry jam, Bing cherries and exotic spices mingle on a deliciously rich, fruity palate, accented by hints of pepper and dark chocolate.
Wolf Blass 2008 Gold Label Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)
WB’s Gold Label Shiraz opens with intense aromas of rich dark berries and plums, layered with underlying notes of fragrant spice and dark chocolate.  It’s rich and round on the palate, with plenty of bright, fresh berry fruit, finely balanced tannins, and well-integrated oak.

Purple Hands 2009 Oregon Red    $18.99
Deeply colored, this Oregon red blend offers lush black fruit and floral notes on the nose, and a hint of cedar. It’s plush and velvety in the mouth, full of ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors. The abundant fruit is accented by hints of cedar, toasted oak and spice at the finish.
Terre de Trinci 2009 Cajo Rosso del Umbria (Umbria, Italy)    $17.99
The Cajo is an Umbrian blend of Sagrantino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The wine is aged for 18 months in barrel and 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 framed with firm, gripping tannins.
Trivento 2010 Torrontés Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina)   $9.99
Torrontés makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and it’s the signature white of Argentina.  This one is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that are the trademark of the varietal.  If this is not the perfect summer white for Yuma, it must be in the top five …
Chateau Tanunda 2008 Noble Baron Shiraz (Barossa Valley,
Australia)    $39.99

Sensuously lush, full and ripe, and packing a boatload of heady flavors, this Barossa Shiraz still manages to exhibit a fresh charm.  Deeply colored, with spicy aromatics introducing ripe, lush plum, currant and cherry flavors that stay focused through a rich, smooth finish, picking up chocolate and fresh herb notes along the way.
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Sonoma, California)    $5.99
Hop Rod Rye is a high gravity IPA brewed with 18% rye malt.  It offers a floral and hop-filled aroma and subtle caramel notes with a pleasantly spicy rye character.  The taste is full and rich, with plenty of sweet, citrus malts and a nicely hoppy bitter tang at the finish.

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

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