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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Two weeks from this Saturday, on November 12th, the Arizona Classical Ballet Performing Company – Yuma presents their first annual Fall Wine Tasting Fundraiser in conjunction wirh the Old Town Wine Cellar and Carla Reneé Restaurant, right here in our beautiful Paseo in Historic Old Town.  The Wine Cellar will pour an array of fine wines to go with a selection of great hors d’oeuvres created by Carla Reneé.  The event will start off at 6:00 PM Saturday, November 12th and continue until 9:00 PM.  The cost will be $40 per person, and tickets can be purchased at ACB’s studio office located at 1452 S. 4th Avenue – or you can just pick them up here at the Wine Cellar!  Call ACB at 782-3516 for more details; in the meantime, save the date and get your tickets soon – this is sure to be a lot of fun, and hopefully the start of a great annual tradition here in Old Town.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$5.00 to try all six, or
$5.00 for a full glass

Monte Volpe 2010 Prima Bianco (Mendocino County)   $11.99
Prima Bianco is a blend of primarily Italian varietals like Tocai Friulano, Arneis, Pinot Grigio and Cortese, sourced from hillside vineyards in Redwood and Ukiah Valleys.  It’s rich yet crisp and intensely fruity, with aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, peach, anise and melon.
Steele 2008 California Cuvée Chardonnay   $19.99
“California Cuvée” reflects Jed Steele’s blending mastery.  He meticulously selects premium fruit from a number of different vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Carneros and Medocino County to achieve a mix of lush tropical fruit character, fresh citrus tones and crisp acidity.  The result is a balanced and elegant, yet deliciously rich Chardonnay.
Farnese 2009 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy)    $11.99
This native Italian red is packed to the rafters with dense black cherry and wild berry flavors on a velvet smooth texture.  It’s delicious with Sunday roasts and meaty pasta – and naturally, barbecue…
Apothic Red 2009 Winemaker’s Blend (California)    $10.99
Apothic Red, a captivating blend of three distinct grapes, offers the rich dark fruit flavors of Syrah, the brambly spice of Zinfandel and the smooth elegance of Merlot.  It has intense fruit aromas and flavors of ripe plum and black cherry, with hints of spice, dark chocolate, coffee and toasty vanilla.
Andrieux & Fils 2009 Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Jules (Rhone Valley, France)    $15.99
From the Rhone’s celebrated 2009 vintage, this is a three-way blend of
Grenache, which gives the wine fullness and elegance, Syrah, which adds complex flavor elements, and Mourvedre to provide balance and delicacy. The result is lots of ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit with delicious licorice accents.  It’s full-bodied, spicy and rich, with a long and complex finish.
Rosenblum Cellars 2008 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $17.99
This rugged, muscular Zinfandel reflects the character of Paso Robles.  A bold black cherry, raspberry and rhubarb character is mixed with hints of violets and white pepper, reflecting the premier old-vine sites where the grapes were grown in the  arid, warm-climate Paso foothills. The juicy dark fruit flavors are revved up with a burst of spice on the finish.

Sequoia Grove 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $32.99
This elegantly crafted, balanced Cabernet is marked by fine, pure, ripe blueberry and cassis aromas and flavors, with notes of spice, cedar and
light vanilla set in a silky texture, framed with refined tannins.  A delicate hint of eucalyptus lingers on the finish.
Decoy 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma County)    $17.99
The grapes for the Decoy Chardonnay were sourced from top vineyard
sites throughout the Sonoma Coast appellation.  They were barrel fermented in a mix of new and used French oak.  The result is a creamy, refined style of
Chardonnay, with moderate toast, abundant ripe fruit and lots of finesse.
Palacios Remondo 2010 Rioja La Vendimia Garnacha-Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)   $12.99
La Vendimia, which signifies “the harvest,” is a great example of the quality potential of Spanish jovenes (reds aged less than 6 months in oak).  A mix of Spain’s original varietals, Garnacha and Tempranillo, this is a lively and bright quaffer, offering flavors of raspberry jam and sweet spice.
J Vineyards Brut Cuvée 20 (Russian River Valley)    $21.99
J’s Cuvée 20 is an assemblage from the winery’s best cool-climate vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley.  Lime zest, honeysuckle and light yeasty/toasty aromas mingle on the nose, with crisp apple and tart grapefruit flavors on the palate.  The finish is brilliantly clean and fresh, with mouthwatering acidity.
BonAnno 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)     $19.99
The fruit for this wine came from prime valley floor vineyards in the Rutherford, St. Helena and Stags Leap District.  It offers classic Cabernet aromas of spice and sage, followed by a mix of blueberry and blackberry and fresh raspberry notes.  It’s smooth, sleek and supple in the mouth,
showcasing vivid dark fruit flavors, plus a pleasant touch of anise.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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