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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, June 17th, and we all know he’s hard to buy for.  Oddsare he would really enjoy a nice bottle of wine from the Wine Cellar.  Or how about a gift certificate?  That’s even easier.  I’m just sayin…  And speaking of Father’s Day, my neighbor and good friend here in the Paseo, Carla Reneé, asked me to let everyone know that Carla Reneé Restaurant will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 PM this Sunday, with a special Father’s Day menu featuring Prime Rib and a ½ price deal on any bottle of wine with the purchase of two dinners.  That’s some deal, and Carla tells me that the restaurant will be open for Sunday evening dining from now on.  As well as this little tidbit to liven up your summer:  Carla Reneé will now offer
a Happy Hour special every week from Monday through Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 PM with all drinks and appetizers at ½ price.  You can’t beat that – see you down here in
Old Town!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Tablas Creek 2010 Patelin Blanc (Paso Robles)    $21.99
This California take on the great white wines of France’s Rhone Valley has a terrific vibrancy and intensity, offering apricot, pleach, citrus and tangy green apple flavors that are clean, bright and fresh.  A proprietary blend of Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes.
Valley of the Moon 2009 Sangiovese (Sonoma County)    $14.99
This Sonoma Sangiovese offers true varietal character, with black cherry and plum scents on the nose mixed with hints of leather and cedar.  The medium-bodied palate delivers a juicy mouthful of black cherry fruit, soft, supple tannins, and a bright, food-friendly acidity.
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 partner nicely with an array of hearty dishes.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Indian Wells Merlot (Columbia
Valley)    $16.99

CSM’s Indian Wells Merlot displays juicy black fruit aromas and lush flavors,
typical of Wahluke Slope reds.  It’s full-bodied, fruity and rich, a warm-climate Merlot with a round, soft style; smooth, yet vibrant on the palate with deep cherry and herb flavors hinting at cedar and black olive.
Pio Cesare 2007 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)    $22.99
This is a traditionally styled Barbera that reveals complex opening notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee from aging in small French oak barrels.  The intense and very dry palate offers dark cherry and plum fruit flavors that lead into a long, complex finish.
Tres Sabores 2009 ¿Por qué no? (Napa Valley)    $24.99
¿Por que no? is the quintessential party, pizza, picnic, Bbq and bistro red, thanks to the spirited joy it brings to the palate. Estate-grown grapes plus Calistoga Zinfandel, Rutherford Cabernet and Petite Syrah and even some gorgeous Oakville Cabernet grapes make this unconventional blend utterly delicious. ¿Por qué no?! Why not try it?

Tormaresca 2009 Torcicoda Primitivo (Puglia, Italy)    $19.99
On the nose, a wide spectrum of dark fruit scents and exotic spice tones, plus
a wisp of toasted almonds.  The palate offers rich flavors of blackberries and black cherries, and hints of herbs and black licorice. Tannins and acidity are distinct but keenly balanced, framing a long, velvety finish.
Penfolds 2007 RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)   $99.99
The RWT is 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz, matured 13 months in French oak barrels, 71% new.  A deep garnet purple in color, it presents scents of raspberry, plum, kirsch, cedar and clove.  A full-bodied palate has solid, but
beautifully fine-grained tannins, enough acidity and superb concentration, with a memorably long and chewy finish.
St Urbans-Hof 2011 Riesling Kabinett Wiltinger Alte Reben (Mosel Valley, Germany)    $21.99
A superbly expressive Riesling, full of citrus, vanilla cream and slate flavors.  It’s balanced and elegant but it shows a vibrant, succulent  quality on the palate that lasts through a long, mineral-and floral-tinged finish.  This delivers both the refined delicacy as well as the verve that Mosel Valley Kabinetts are renowned for.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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