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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Quick note:  the Wine Cellar will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 24th.  But we will be back open the rest of the week, with our weekly wine tastings as usual.
The latest installment of the Yuma Art Center’s Summer Six Pac debuts this week at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street).  Fame, Jr. is the “bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work which puts their passions to the test. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.”  It’s presented by Yuma’s Infinite Imagination Youth Theater. The Youth Theater was established to provide local young people with the opportunity to learn basic elements of theater craft and is offered through the Yuma Art Center.  Showtimes for Fame, Jr. are 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday, July 27th & 28th.  Admission for this production requires just a $5.00 donation per person, and tickets are available pre-sale or at the Art Center Box Office on the day of the show (same address, 373-5202).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:

Ferrari Carano 2010 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County)    $14.99
This Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, lively and stylish, with a zesty mix of orange rind, fig and grapefruit flavors, accented by subtle herb tones.  Hints of lemon blossom make a pleasant backdrop to the bold, racy fruit. The finish is bright, clean and refreshing.
Acacia 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)    $21.99
Classic Carneros Pinot Noir, overflowing with scents of ripe plum, raspberry and black cherry along with delicate floral nuances, while a light oak influence adds a hint of toast.  Pleasantly tart acidity on the medium-bodied palate gives a nice balance to the smooth and supple tannins.
Allegrini 2008 Palazzo Della Torre (Veneto, Italy)    $22.99
This a savory northern Italian red crafted in an innovative fashion, with a portion of the grapes dried for 3 months prior to pressing.  The result is a “baby Amarone” style that offers a silky texture with more refinement and greater extraction.  A bouquet of floral tones, vanilla and black fruits is followed on the palate by juicy dark cherry and plum fruit, plus complex spice tones.
Wine Guerrilla 2009 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)    $15.99
Wine Guerrilla, the nom de plume of Zinfandel specialist (and fanatic) Bruce Patch, produces a number of small-lot premium Dry Creek Zins.  This one is 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah, from two old-vine sites on Dry Creek Road, the Biglieri Vineyard and the Cartee Vineyard.  It’s a classic Dry Creek Valley Zin, fruit-filled and spice-laden, a vibrant expression of the varietal.
Bilton 2006 Matt Black (Stellenbosch, South Africa)     $17.99
An intense, lively South African blend of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, “Matt Black” is named for a notorious 18th Century buccaneer who prowled the seas off the Cape.  It’s ripe and fruit-forward, full of delicious berry and plum fruit edged by nuances of briar, tobacco and toasty oak.
Marques de Caceres 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $29.99
On the nose, this Gran Reserva offers exotic aromas of vanilla, clove and cinnamon.  The smooth, velvety palate offers abundant black cherry and dark plum fruit flavors, plus exotic hints of fresh earth, tobacco and Asian spice that carry this to a long and satisfying
Planeta 2009 Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Sicily, Italy)    $22.99
Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a traditional Sicilian blend of native grapes; 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato.  The wine offers a fine mix of fresh strawberry, ripe cherry and fig flavors on a dry and just lightly tannic frame, endng with a pleasant hint of licorice.
Bogle Vineyards 2009 Essential Red (California)    $9.99
Essential Red is a delicious blend of some of California’s finest plantings of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, designed for one purpose – pure enjoyment.  It’s all about the fruit, with intense flavors of boysenberry and cherry plus a nice note of vanilla from aging in French and American oak.
Rocca Cerrina 2009 Tempranillo-Moscato (Spain)    $12.99
Rocca Cerrina Temporanillo-Moscato is a fresh and fruity, sweet-style rosé from the Mediterranean coast of Spain.  It exhibits an aromatic, floral-tinged bouquet of ripe cherry and peach, and follows up on the palate with a sweet fruit-basket of flavor.

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

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