09/18/2012 Newsletter

09/18/2012 Newsletter

Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This week, in addition to our regular Thursday/Friday wine tasting, the Old Town Wine Cellar will present another of our special Saturday beer tastings.  We’ll do a sampling of some of our over 50 great American craft and imported beers and ales all afternoon on Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.  Drop by Saturday afternoon and try a diverse selection of really good brews – the cost will be just $5.00.  Don’t miss it!

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

La Scolca 2009 Gavi (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99
Gavi comes from a small growing area in northwestern Italy, on the steep slopes of the Apennines mountains.  Made from the native Cortese grape, this has the typical Gavi nose of almonds and citrus fruit, with a fine, fresh, delicate and dry palate.  The crisp, refreshing acidity of the wine pairs particularly well with oysters, crab, antipasto, salads, shrimp and sushi.
Friedrich Becker 2008 Estate Pinot Noir (Pfalz, Germany)     $21.99
German Pinot Noirs, known there as Spätburgunder, are typically light in body and softly fruited.  This version, from one of the country’s foremost
producers, is full of bright, spicy raspberry, cherry and currant flavors.  The vivid fruit character is balanced by crisp acidity and a tangy mineral edge.
Elisabetta Geppetti 2009 Morellino di Scansano (Tuscany, Italy)    $21.99
In Tuscany’s southern coastal region of Maremma, the Sangiovese varietal is known as Morellino, grown on the slopes around the hill town of Scansano.  This one offers bright red cherry and currant flavors edged with notes of violets and cinnamon.  The palate shows a beaming acidity, framed with smooth tannins.
Alamos 2009 Seleccion Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $18.99
The 2009 Seleccion Malbec shows an opaque dark violet hue.  The nose is full of ripe blueberry fruit, with notes of violets and sweet spices.  The mouthfeel is full and rich, loaded with ripe blackberry and cherry fruit layered with hints of wildflowers, spicy black pepper and anise.  The finish is supple and silky, with balanced acidity.
Bianchi Family 2006 Cabernet Franc (Paso Robles)    $18.99
Bianchi’s ‘06 Cabernet Franc is a full-bodied, solid red with aromas hinting at red currants and lavender.  Deep flavors of juicy blackberries and plums are beautifully intertwined with complex elements of cedar and herbs, ending with a hint of smoky oak.
Campo Viejo 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $24.99
This Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected premium Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, and is aged for five years before being released. The nose offers exotic aromas of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The smooth, velvety palate has abundant cherry and black plum fruit flavors, along with complex notes of tobacco and spices.
NEW ARRIVALS:
Hearst Ranch Winery 2010 Three Sisters Cuvée White (Paso Robles)    $19.99
The nose of this classy white blend is all about mango, violet and peach.  The flavor profile is dominated with juicy pear, citrus and nectarine flavors that
transition to a balanced, crisp acidity with lingering accents of orange zest.  A classic “Rhone-style” assemblage of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2009 Three Sisters Cuvée Red (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.
Luis Cañas 2004 Reserva de la Familia (Rioja, Spain)    $34.99
This is a superb representation of what a top-level Rioja Reserva has that no other region or country can offer:  a remarkable combination of fresh, bright fruit and toasted vanilla, along with the classic “forest floor”, dried herb and earth character of well-aged Tempranillo.  A true Spanish masterpiece.
Pietro Rinaldi 2006 Barolo Monvigliero (Piedmont, Italy)   $54.99
This sumptuous, yet delicate, classically styled Barolo displays gorgeous
layers of red berries, spices, floral tones and dried herbs, showing a superb
harmony, plenty of depth and excellent overall balance.  A classic example of Italian Nebbiolo, from a highly regarded vintage.
Sam Adams Cinder Bock Rauch Bock (Boston, Massachusetts)
$7.99

Smoky and rich, this starts off with a rush of savory aromas and flavors.  The characteristic smoky quality of a German rauchbier lingers, then morphs into the rich, velvety malted smoothness of a double bock with notes of toffee and caramel.  This roguish brew evolves from its bold start to a long, hearty, and thoroughly satisfying finish.
Cheers!
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364
928-373-0405

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