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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day, so with no further ado here’s my annual pitch that a nice bottle of wine makes a great (and very easy) gift for Dad (and Mom would probably enjoy it too!).  A good Napa Cabernet, a fine Tuscan red from Italy, a bottle of Port – whatever you pick, it’s bound be something he’ll to appreciate and enjoy.  Alternatively, a Wine Cellar Gift Certificate makes a great gift – let him pick out whatever strikes his fancy.  And if you’re lucky you may get invited over to share a glass!




Charles Krug 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $15.99 This is a bright, lively Sauvignon Blanc with an enticing mix of fresh grapefruit, kiwi, lime and fresh-cut grass aromas.  The palate is tangy and balanced, with flavors of ripe orchard fruits and citrus that stay nicely focused through a crisp finish.


Villa Antinori 2013 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy)    $19.99 Villa Antinori is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori. The wine’s bouquet offers scents of sweet fruit and a hint of spicy oak.  Black cherry and cassis fruit dominates the palate, with a touch of dark chocolate.


14 Hands 2016 Run Wild Red (Columbia Valley)    $11.99 Juicy and fruit-forward, 14 Hands Run Wild showcases a vibrant blend of red varietals with flavors of ripe blueberries, black currants and raspberries.  Soft tannins and lively acidity make this wine a delicious by-the-glass pour.


Terra d’Oro 2014 Barbera (Amador County)    $17.99 The Barbera grape, while native to northern Italy’s Piedmont region, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity and medium-bodied red with the classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice.


Duorum 2013 Colheita (Douro Valley, Portugal)    $22.99 A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, this Douro red has an aromatic bouquet of black cherries, mocha and violets.  On the palate, a dense core of violet, plum and dark berry fruit flavors has balanced acidity on a silky texture, with well-integrated, fine-grained tannins.


Route Stock 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99 An aromatic nose showcases a variety of dark fruits plus hints of cedar, tobacco and violets. In the mouth the wine offers a rush of ripe plum, currant and black cherry fruit, supported with subtle oak tones and soft, approachable tannins.  Vanilla and kirsch notes make an appearance on a lengthy finish.




Beronia 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $32.99 This Gran Reserva was aged in French oak for 27 months, and another 36 months in the bottle prior to release.  The nose offers a subtle interplay of exotic spices, fragrant wood and sweet dark cherry.  A velvety palate shows fine-grained tannins wrapped around an intense, super-ripe core of red and black fruits, with a subtle vanillin accent.


Domaine Lafage 2016 Miraflors Rosé (Côtes du Roussillon, France)    $17.99 Light in color, but definitely not in flavor, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Miraflors Rose (60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan) offers juicy notes of white cherries, strawberries and rose petals in a medium-bodied, nicely layered and  impeccably balanced style that’s very hard to resist…


Dashe 2014 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)    $22.99 The Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel offers all of the varietal’s typical peppery, raspberry and black cherry fruit, earthy and spicy tones, and a character which begs for meals cooked outside on the grill.  It’s a fresh and delicious example of a true California classic.




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364


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