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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This coming Saturday, October 17th strikes me as a nice Fall afternoon to have another of our celebrated Saturday Beer Tastings here at the Old Town Wine Cellar.  The tasting fee is only $5, and all the beers will of course be available by the glass as well.  We’ll start at noon and go on all Saturday afternoon, so come on down to Historic Downtown Yuma this weekend and sample some of our many great craft and import brews at the Cellar!


THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING (Tuesday through Friday):


Saint Gregory 2013 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County)    $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated scents of green apple, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral accent.  Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this white a classic Burgundian character.


Landmark Overlook 2012 California Pinot Noir    $21.99
The Landmark Overlook 2012 blends premium fruit from cool growing sites in San Luis Obispo, Sonoma and Monterey Counties to beautiful effect.  Packed with vibrant red fruit, silky tannins and a kiss of spice from French oak aging, this is a graceful and supple California Pinot.


Cantina Zaccagnini 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy)    $14.99
This southern Italian red is an intense ruby red in hue, with a rich bouquet of blackberries and flowers.  The flavors are lavish and rich; a mix of dark cherries and plums with elements of rhubarb, cocoa and coffee.  The mouthfeel is velvet soft, with mellow tannins.


Catena 2012 Vista Flores Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $15.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza. True to the varietal, it’s a juicy, mouth-filling red with deep, dark flavors of plum, currant and blackberry.  Complex pepper and spice accents enliven the finish.


Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Zinfandel (Mendocino County)    $19.99
The “Wild Thing” is actually very well-balanced, velvet textured and multilayered. Brambly, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, with smooth tannins and good acidity that keep this savory Mendocino Zin lively and delicious all the way through the finish.


Buena Vista 2012 Legendary Badge (Sonoma County)    $26.99
The Legendary Badge is a bold blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Merlot and Grenache.  Juicy red cherry and berry fruit flavors dominate the palate and integrated tannins give it a solid structure and deliver a vigorous, yet soft and pleasing mouthfeel.




Castiglion del Bosco 2011 Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)    $19.99
This “Baby Brunello” is a bright ruby-red in the glass.  Pungently fruity aromas of red raspberry, cherry jam and balsamic spices greet the nose. The palate is rich and ripe, offering balsamic dark cherry and aromatic herb flavors. The finish offers delicate pepper notes, with firm tannins and plenty of ripe fruit.


Faire la Fête Brut Sparkling Wine (Limoux, France)    $15.99
From gourmet caviar and oysters to a low-key bowl of chips or popcorn, Faire la Fête’s Cremant de Limoux is a refreshing and incredibly versatile Brut.  Clean, fresh acidity and lively bubbles make it a perfect pairing for Caesar salad, fresh sushi and spring rolls, or whatever else is handy!


Etude 2014 Lyric Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)    $17.99
Etude Winery has been handcrafting acclaimed Pinot Noirs in Napa Valley’s Carneros region for over 30 years, and now applies their proven skill with the varietal to the Santa Barbara County appellation. Their Lyric bottling is an excellent rendition of the varietal, offering the typical core of ripe black cherry fruit enhanced by pleasant hints of red raspberry and tart cranberry.


Ironstone 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc (Sierra Foothills)    $19.99
Ironstone’s Reserve Cab Franc is a full-bodied, solid red with aromas hinting at red currants and lavender. Fleshy flavors of juicy blackberries and plums are beautifully mixed with subtle touches of sweet oak and cedar.  It’s a beautiful rendition of this neglected varietal.




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

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