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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


There’s not a lot to report this week regarding goings-on here in Historic Downtown Yuma as we finish off July and get ready for lots more Yuma summer in August.  But that shouldn’t keep anyone from venturing downtown on a summer afternoon or evening – there are plenty of great dining and drinking options in the area, and a surprising amount of specialty retail shops to browse.  As everyone should know by now (but I’ll repeat once again for emphasis!), the Old Town Wine Cellar now offers wine tasting and wines by the glass every day, Tuesday through Friday.  It’s a great way to start off your downtown visit, so come on down anytime between 11AM and 7PM and experience some great wine in our downtown setting!




Piattelli 2013 Torrontés (Cafayate Valley, Argentina)    $14.99
The Torrontés grape makes a deliciously fresh, crisp and aromatic wine, and has become the signature white wine of Argentina.  This version is full of the typical lively and juicy tropical, citrus and floral flavors that the varietal is known for.


Ritual 2012 Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley, Chile)    $17.99
Sourced from Chile’s cool Casablanca Valley, this offers fresh scents of cherry, raspberry and strawberry, complemented by subtle toast notes.  Vibrant flavors of cherry and raspberry, silky tannins, fresh acidity and a lengthy finish make this a truly elegant Pinot Noir.


Chalone Vineyard 2011 Merlot (Monterey County)    $12.99
This supple, full-flavored Merlot features a fine-tuned acidity that lifts and accentuates a solid core of rich dark fruit.  Ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors mingle on the juicy palate, complemented by a light hint of spicy clove.


Bodegas Castaño 2012 Solanera Viña Viejas (Yecla, Spain)    $14.99
The Solanera is a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache from very old, low-yielding vines. The wine was aged for ten months in a combination of French and American oak.  It’s rich and ripe, reflecting a classic Mediterranean character.


Black Stallion 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99
This Napa Cabernet offers aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, red currant and cedar. The rich fruit is accented with a savory array of spice and floral tones like nutmeg, ginger, lavender, vanilla and espresso bean.  Smooth, well-integrated tannins carry this to a lingering, elegant finish.


Barón Balch’é 2013 RB Red Blend (Guadelupe Valley, Mexico)    $24.99
The Barón Balch’é RB is a Baja blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Carignan and Grenache, all estate-grown in Mexico’s Guadelupe Valley.  The wine offers a robust palate of rich, ripe dark fruit, with a fine backdrop of spicy nuances and toasty oak.




Boneshaker 2013 Zinfandel (Lodi)    $14.99
This bright ruby-colored Zin offers a light fragrance of sweet baking spices on the nose.  The palate has a fine mix of fresh acidity, easy tannins and plenty of Zinny personality, with flavors of ripe blackberries, damson plums, sweet mocha and spice.


Chateau Blaignan 2010 Médoc (Bordeaux, France)    $22.99
Chateau Blaignan is the oldest winemaking estate in the Médoc, dating back to the14th Century.  The 2010 is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  A fragrant bouquet of cassis and black cherry with a hint of spice leads on to an ample, fruit-filled palate that’s carried along on  polished tannins.


Villadoria 2010 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy)    $16.99
This Langhe Nebbiolo is a beautiful garnet red in the glass.  The nose offers a mix of toasty vanilla, rose petal and spice notes. The palate is velvety and very welcoming, with a warm, complex profile of red cherry fruit, licorice, spices and a subtle underlay of toasty vanilla from one year of oak aging.


Hangar 24 Orange Wheat (Redlands, California)    $5.99
Hangar 24’s Orange Wheat is crisp, tangy and refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel and tangy finish are trademarks of this classic unfiltered brew, achieved by adding whole California oranges all during the brewing process. The orange perfectly coalesces with the wheat and barley base.




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

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