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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Halloween-oriented happenings here in Old Town this week:  Friday and Saturday, October 26th & 27th,  Jazz of Yuma presents “The Witches of Westwick” at the Historic Yuma Theatre here on Main Street.  It’s an original dance production based on the 80’s movie “The Witches of Eastwick“, described as a “supernatural evening with all genres of music and dance featured in this freaky family-friendly show.”  Jazz of Yuma’s Dawn Atherton is the Director, and Michelle Oliverio is Assistant Director.  The shows start at 7:00 PM; tickets are $10, available at Dawn’s Dance Studio or at the Theatre/Art Center box office.  Sounds like a fun way to celebrate our cooler fall weather – check it out!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Merryvale 2010 Starmont Chardonnay (Napa Valley)    $18.99
This is fresh and vibrant Chardonnay, offering a full-bodied mix of
tangerine, lime, nectarine and pear flavors that are complex, layered and
cleansing. The wine has enough creamy oak to add a satisfying touch of
richness, but the emphasis is on a focused and pure core of ripe orchard
Renato Ratti 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Occhetti (Piedmont, Italy)   $21.99
This single-vineyard Nebbiolo opens with a delicate, alluring bouquet of red raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays the classic varietal characteristics of juicy red cherries accented by complex accents of dried
herbs, earth and cedar, carried on a silky tannic frame.
Pascual Toso 2009 Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina)    $17.99
A finely focused, elegant yet muscular red, with ripe, juicy red raspberry fruit and hints of mocha, mint and spice on the nose.  It’s fresh and bouncy on the palate, with lots of blackberry, blueberry and briar flavors.  The fruit stays fresh and flavorful through the juicy finish.
Peter Lehmann 2008 Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $14.99
This wine’s bouquet offers hints of classic Barossa chocolate, plus dark plum aromas.  It’s robust and firm, but not at all heavy on the palate with rich, mouth-filling blackberry and plum fruit flavors that get a lift from a pleasant touch of well-seasoned French oak.
Clayhouse 2009 Old Vines Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)   $22.99
Clayhouse Petite Sirah comes from some of the oldest plantings in the region.  The wine displays a solid fruit core, with white pepper, cedar and raspberry accents plus a touch of cranberry.  Elegant and rich, it has a chewy mouthfeel, well framed with strong tannins.
Cadaretta 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)   $29.99
This wine was made with grapes sourced from prime vineyards in both the Walla Walla and Columbia Valley AVAs.  Aromas of cherries, mountain berries and currants mingle on the nose, leading to a broad spectrum of red cherry, raspberry and cassis flavors with a light hint of bay leaf.  It’s supple in texture, with harmonious, very nicely integrated oak.
Mollydooker 2011 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia)    $26.99
The Boxer is a richly powerful and complex Shiraz with a superb mix of lush, sweet fruit and beautifully structured tannin.  It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and and peppery-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering. The density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice, and the finish just keeps on going and going …
Lincourt 2008 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills)    $22.99
This Santa Rita Hills Pinot combines fruit from the Rancho Santa Rosa and the Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards.  These hilly cool-climate sites located close to the Pacific are perfect for Pinot Noir.  It offers a rich palate of black cherry and raspberry, edged with elements of spice and herbs.
S. A. Prüm 2009 Riesling Spätlese, Graacher Himmelreich (Mosel Valley, Germany)  $29.99
A superbly opulent and concentrated Spätlese, this overflows with pure, ripe mango, passion fruit and pear aromas on the nose, with a similar fruit-basket of flavors mingling on a fleshy texture.  There’s enough acidity to match all of that lush fruit, plus a keen minerality.
Mission Brewery Hefeweizen (San Diego)    $5.99
Mission’s Bavarian-style Hefeweizen isn’t like the cloying lemon-laden brews which flood the market under that name.  This is a classic version, replete with tangy hints of banana, clove and pear.  It’s clean and  refreshing, with
no fruit added or needed.


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

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