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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This week brings the summer’s first “Fun on Down” Block Party on the Main Street Plaza in Old Town, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM Friday, July 26th.  Here’s the skinny, courtesy of Yuma Heritage Festivals:


  • 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Music by DJ Norieja
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – the YFD will be misting the 100 block every 15 minutes, so children and adults can “cool down” (shoes are required)
  • 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Live music performance by Tommy & the Drifters
  • FREE jumpies; face painting for the kids (and children at heart)
  • Variety of food, beverage and business vendors


Quick note:  There will be no Old Town Wine Cellar newsletter next week, as I’ll be out of the country on vacation all week.  Never fear, the shop will be open our regular hours, with wine tasting as usual on Thursday & Friday.  You just won’t get any advance notice about the tasting, so make a note to come on down next week and see what they’re pouring!


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


David Girard 2011 Roussanne (El Dorado County)    $19.99
This El Dorado County version of the classic Rhone Valley varietal opens with an exotic mix of apple, honeydew and pineapple aromas.  On the palate, juicy white peach, pear and nectarine flavors are framed by crisp acidity.


Belle Glos 2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir (California)    $19.99
Belle Glos produces distinctive Pinot Noirs sourced from California’s top growing regions.  Meiomi is a compilation of carefully selected fruit from their Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey County vineyards.  The result is a lusciously rich, fruity California Pinot at a great price.


AltoCinco 2011 Garnacha (Paniza, Spain)    $12.99
Alto·Cinco is 94% Garnacha from very old vines, plus 6% Tempranillo.  It was aged six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels for greater roundness and texture.  The wine tastes of ripe strawberries, red cherries and raspberries, along with floral hints of violets and rose petals that complement toasty notes of mocha and vanilla at the finish.


Four Vines 2007 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)    $15.99
A deep purple in hue, this Paso Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruit.  The palate offers a rich, full mouthfeel, with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and plum.


Luigi Righetti 2009 Valpolicella Ripasso Campolieti (Veneto, Italy)    $18.99
Campolieti is a traditional Veneto blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes.  It’s a full-bodied, velvety and harmonious red, with an enticing bouquet of dark cherry fruit and cinnamon-tinged spice.  A rich, sumptuous palate of ripe black cherry and plum fruit is accented with hints of dark chocolate and toasted almonds.


Sebastiani 2007 Secolo (Sonoma County)    $35.99
The ‘07 Secolo exudes savory aromas of blackberries, raspberries, sandalwood and herbs.  The character of the vintage allowed the winemaker to emphasize the elegance of the fruit by using less new oak than in the past.  The palate is a ripe, concentrated mélange of black fruits laced with vanilla and hints of mocha.  The finish is long and soft, with just enough tannins to carry the rich fruit.




Sterling Vineyards 2009 Limited Release Red (North Coast)    $18.99

Sterling’s ‘Limited Release’ Red is balanced and elegant, with blackberry, black raspberry and currant fruit and a pleasant note of dark chocolate.  It’s sleek, smooth and supple on the palate, with complex notes of cedar and eucalyptus that enliven the finish.


Colomé 2010 Estate Malbec (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina)    $29.99

This high-altitude Malbec opens with complex aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberries, violets, roasted coffee and dried herbs. It’s wonderfully fine-grained and plush on the palate yet without heaviness; perfectly integrated acidity gives it a vibrant quality.  Well-structured tannins make it a superb partner with grilled meats.


Line 39 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)    $10.99

The 2011 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc shows bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit, guava and melon.  On the palate, the character is decidedly tropical, with mango, guava and melon fruit flavor, a hint of ripe ruby grapefruit and underlying mineral tones.


Mollydooker 2011 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $49.99

The Blue Eyed Boy is dense and rich and satiny, and extra-delicious this vintage.  It offers layer after layer of flavors like black cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate, all framed by a velvety, creamy palate.  It’s literally a flavor explosion in the mouth of super-rich, juicy and aromatic fruit.




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

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