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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Not much to tell you about this week, with the community pretty much in an end-of summer, back-to-school mode.  Yuma’s unexpected rainy season is hopefully nearing its end – I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a mellow (and dry!) Fall.  So here’s hoping we dry out and cool off soon!


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


Chateau Graville-Lacoste 2012 Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)    $18.99
Pure and lively, this Graves strikes a glorious balance of flavor and refreshment.  A classic Bordeaux blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, it opens with aromas of peach, melon, wet stone, fresh-cut grass and citrus.  On the palate, it’s crisp and balanced with vibrant fruit flavors.  The finish offers great length, along with dazzling acidity.


Chalone Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)    $14.99
Fragrant aromas of lavender, black cherry and a touch of cedar introduce this approachable and very user-friendly Pinot Noir.  Ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors emerge on the palate, picking up raspberry and spice notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and silky from start to finish.


Batasiolo 2009 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99
This is ‘textbook’ Piedmontese Barbera, offering delicate scents of red berries and spices on the nose and light oak accents from 12 months of barrel aging.  It’s bright and fresh in the glass with fine acidity and juicy, concentrated berry and plum flavors, plus a pleasantly spicy, smoky edge.


Casa Lapostolle 2010 Canto de Apalta (Rapel Valley, Chile)    $18.99
Lapostolle’s Canto de Apalta is a blend of Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  It’s a wine that embodies the attributes of each grape into a stylish, elegant wine that offers bold fruit and a firm yet elegant structure.


Viña Mayor 2007 Secreto (Ribera del Duero, Spain)    $19.99
Viña Mayor’s Secreto is a deep ruby in color, with a complex bouquet of black cherry and violets plus added hints of spices and vanilla.  Rich, full dark fruit flavors and exotic hints of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, with a harmonious balance framed by firm tannins.


Girard 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley)    $29.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from mountain-side as well as century-old valley floor vineyards, producing a medium-bodied Zin with lush, integrated tannins, deliciously pure fruit and bright acidity.  The aroma and flavor profile includes elements of raspberry preserves, red licorice and dark plum, along with light hints of tobacco, herbs and cedar.




Bridlewood 2011 Blend 175 (Central Coast)    $12.99
Blend 175 is a mix of red Rhone grape varietals from California’s Central Coast region.  The palate offers classic southern Rhone Valley flavors of red raspberry and spice.  Soft, smooth tannins create a silky mouthfeel.


Château Aney 2010 Haut Médoc (Bordeaux, France)    $24.99
This Left Bank château lies between St-Julien and Margaux, at the center of the great wines of the region where terroir imparts exceptional quality and provides ideal growing conditions.  The wines of Château Aney exhibit a finesse and balance which make them both approachable now and well-suited for medium-term aging.


Candoni Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)    $14.99
A delicate and fruity sparkler with a hint of honey, Candoni Prosecco is medium-dry on the palate, with a pleasant acidity that gives it a persistent freshness.  It’s wonderful as an afternoon aperitif, and makes a fine match with lighter dinners as well.


La Montesa 2009 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain)    $18.99
Made from 100% Tempranillo, La Montesa opens with aromas of ripe red fruits, along with light notes of vanilla and toasted oak.  The palate is smooth and elegant, offering classic Rioja flavors of black plum and red cherry plus a hint of licorice on the finish.




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

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