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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


The 4th of July is almost upon us, this Thursday to be exact.  To my surprise, I’m now on July number eleven here at the Wine Cellar and this is the very first time the 4th has ever fallen on a Thursday.  Hmm.  The shop will naturally be closed for the Independence Day holiday, but we’ll be back open our usual hours on Friday and Saturday, the 5th and 6th.  Therefore, it occurs to me that we should just shift our Thursday & Friday wine tasting to Friday & Saturday.  OK then.  If you’re braving the heat and staying around town this holiday weekend, why not take a break from the pool and drop down to Old Town for a wine tasting at the Cellar?  It’s always cool in here!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:

La Marca Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)    $12.99
Grown only in Northern Italy, the Prosecco grape is cherished for its expressiveness.  La Marca Prosecco is a vibrantly fresh sparkler with delicate aromas and clean fruit flavors of ripe apple, peach and honeysuckle.  The soft, harmoniously fruity character is highlighted by crisp acidity.


Weinbaudomäne 2011 Riesling Spätlese, Niersteiner Oehlberg (Rheinhessen, Germany)   $27.99
Intoxicatingly aromatic, this is world-class Riesling that offers beautiful delicacy and superb balance in its layers of apricot, pear and citrus flavors.  It’s fresh, airy and appealing, with a mouthwatering degree of tanginess that adds elegance to the lingering finish.


Quattro Mani 2010 Barbera (Piedmont, Italy)    $11.99
Quattro Mani is a great example of an ‘everyday’ Barbera from Italy’s Piedmont, with delicious hints of blackberries and spice on the nose and pleasant oak notes from 12 months aging in barrel.  It’s bright and fresh on the palate, with concentrated dark cherry and berry flavors and a light touch of spice.


Mills Reef 2007 Merlot-Malbec (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)    $18.99
This deeply colored 50/50 blend of Merlot and Malbec, sourced from the well-known Gimblet Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, is fruit-forward and supple.  The flavors are a medley of ripe black plums, boysenberries and black currants, intertwined with spicy/savory oak.


Hearst Ranch Winery 2009 Three Sisters Cuvée (Paso Robles)    $21.99
This Paso blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre offers plentiful aromas of strawberry and toffee, along with subtle floral and black pepper notes.  The flavor profile displays ripe dark cherry, strawberry and toasty vanilla flavors supported by refreshing acidity.


Girard 2010 Artistry (Napa Valley)    $39.99
Artistry is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.  The grapes are hand-harvested from select Napa Valley vineyards, and then rigorously sorted and fermented using native yeasts.  The finished wine is aged two years in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.  It offers a rich, full bodied mouthfeel with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, underlaid with subtle dark chocolate tones.


Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $24.99
This Grenache is sourced from dry-farmed bush vines planted in 1946.  It’s a rich, ripe and spicy wine, loaded with vivid flavors of plum, blackberry and blackberry fruit.  Firm yet polished tannins, balanced acidity and a touch of white pepper spice give this an intriguing blend of opulence and finesse.


Quinta do Crasto 2011 Douro Red (Douro Valley, Portugal)    $17.99
Made from the same native grape varietals used in the Douro Valley to make Port, this is a unique and appealing table wine with vibrant dark cherry, plum and berry flavors.  The fruit is supported by firm tannins, and the finish is spiced with accents of espresso and olives.


Mirafiore 2008 Barolo (Piemonte, Italy)    $39.99
This opens with brightly perfumed aromas of ripe strawberries and dried flowers.  On the palate, it’s delicate and balanced, with a layered profile of spice, mineral, licorice and black fruit flavors, silky tannins and a chocolate, coffee and raspberry aftertaste.


Roscato 2012 Rosso Dolce (Trento, Italy)    $11.99
Roscato is a violet-hued wine with scents of cherry, blackberry and raspberry.  A hint of sweetness, combined with bright acidity and a slight effervescense underlies the  appeal of this charming apéritif-style red.  It’s a blend of Teroldego, Lagrein and Croatina grapes, native to the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Northeastern Italy.




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

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