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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
With Thanksgiving coming up next week, our Featured Wines this week include a selection of wines that are great choices to pair with your favorite Thanksgiving meals and celebrations.

As heads up for next week, the Old Town Wine Cellar will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 23rd and will open later than usual, at 1:00 PM, on Friday November 24th.


Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’ Alsace Brut (Alsace, France) $19.99

What better way to kick off your Thanksgiving celebration than a toast with this excellent bubbly. Pale yellow in color with nice brilliance and fine, delicate bubbles. An expressive nose of floral and fresh fruits (apple, peaches, and apricots). Nice maturity and ripe fruit on the palate. Dominated by the Pinot Blanc varietal, this Crémant Brut shows freshness, structure and subtleness. Delicious at any time of the day and with many foods, a classic for every occasion.
($10 by the glass)

Lucien Albrecht 2020 Riesling Resérve (Alsace, France) $23.99

This Riesling is a great choice to start your meal and enjoy with deviled eggs or youor favorite appetizers. The delicate nose shows notes of citrus peels, lime and blossom. The palate matches the nose with a great freshness, tension and the final on lime. This wine also pairs well with grilled fish, roasted poultry, pasta with lemon pesto, or fresh goat cheese.
($10 by the glass)

J. Lohr 2021 Wildflower Valdiguie (Arroyo Seco, Monterey) $15.99

This wine is crafted in the style of Beaujolais wines making it a light, crisp and refreshing choice to have with that fabulous turkey you are planning to share with family and friends. This wine is a step up in body from a rosé yet lighter in weight than most reds. Pair it with just about anything. Served slightly chilled, displays inviting fresh raspberry, cranberry, and pomegranate aromas, with a bit of black pepper and hibiscus. Flavors of brambly, bright red berry with a touch of spice, mid-palate acidity, and a juicy, mouth-watering finish.
($10 by the glass)

Flying Leap Vineyards Sangiovese (Wilcox, Arizona) $22.99

This wine is another excellent choice to begin your holiday meal. The wine’s natural high acidity, lightly-oaked character and fruit forward essence make it an ideal accompaniment with many foods, as well as cured dry salamis such as Sopressata, Agrumi or Finochiona. This Sangiovese is created after vines ripen fully to produce refreshing; it is a food-friendly table wine that is well-balanced, smooth & medium-bodied.
($10 by the glass)

Cherry Pie 2021 Pinot Noir (Napa Valley, California) $44.99

And of course, what better way to wrap up a great meal than with a favorite, Cherry Pie. The 2021 San Pablo Bay Block opens with aromatics with notes of ripe cherry, cedar and vanilla cream. The palate is layered with bright red fruit, currant and pomegranate framed by baking spices with a subtle hint of vanilla that leads to a lingering, caramel-kissed finish. An excellent accompaniment with roast poultry or fowl.
($15 by the glass)


Seven Apart 2019 Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) $299.99/Bottle

The luscious wine is bright, polished and high-powered. A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine is a tapestry of perfectly ripe fruit flavors. Aromas of red cherry, raspberry, and fresh tobacco, with notes of cinnamon, and vanilla. On the palate there is a rush of red fruits, which continues to build in intensity as the wine is savored. The texture is incredibly fine-grained and silky, while the fruit at the wine’s core expands and lengthens on the finish.
($60 per glass)

DAOU Estate 2020 Soul of the Lion (Paso Robles, California) $172.99/Bottle

The 2020 vintage presents an alluring profusion of black cherry, mulberry and Oregon blackberry aromas with notes of leather, cigar box and dark chocolate. The palate is silky and voluptuous, delivering loads of currant, cassis, black raspberry and ripe cherry. Notes of fig and baking spice are underscored by earthy tones of dates and truffle. Mature, ripe tannins yield a weighty, velvety texture integrated with a limestone minerality and subtle oak. A lengthy finish leaves lingering impressions of blackberry, plum and espresso with a touch of white pepper.
($35 per glass)

Orin Swift 2021 Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) (175.99)

An almost-black, opaque garnet core sits in the glass with slow-moving tears falling down the sides. Immediate aromatic notes of ripe cassis, charred ribeye, sandalwood and freshly cut oak pilfer. The first sip is a complex, layered conundrum of blackberry, black plum, fennel, licorice and dark chocolate. More sips peel back the layers to reveal a rich and balanced wine with a deep cassis core. A sweet linger on the finish closes the wine with softly textured chalky tannins.
($35 per glass)

DAOU Reserve 2020 Seventeen Forty (Paso Robles, California) $78.99/Bottle

Inspired by the classics of Saint-Émilion, DAOU Reserve Seventeen Forty is a Cabernet Franc driven wine with a harmonious complement of Merlot. Beguiling aromas of blackberry cobbler, raspberry, crème de cassis and cherry pipe tobacco anticipate hints of toasty oak, black licorice and pencil shaving. Lush and full bodied, this wine has rich flavors of cherry, black plum, dark chocolate and blueberry compote with lovely accents of graphite and cinnamon. Solid structure and fine-grained tannins support a lengthy, focused finish, leaving notes of plum and boysenberry underscored by cocoa and black truffle.
($20 per glass)

Zenato 2017 Amarone Classico (Veneto, Italy) $74.99/Bottle

Dense and concentrated, yet still beautifully balanced and well-integrated, this is classic Amarone. Lush aromas of plums, dates and toasted oak greet the nose. It’s rich and full on the palate with layers of ripe, raisiny fruit and super-silky tannins to give it grip on the lengthy finish. A truly elegant, stylish wine.
($15 per glass)

Silvio Nardi 2017 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $74.99/Bottle

This Brunello opens with lush, penetrating aromas of ripe dark fruit edged with subtle spice tones, then revealing a whiff of dried flowers in the background. An elegant and richly flavorful wine, this has a velvety and polished texture and a long, refined finish.
($15 per glass)


Double Diamond 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville, California) $95.99

In the glass, the wine displays a nearly opaque ruby-purple hue. Aromas of framboise, nutmeg, toasted cedar bark, plum reduction, and pennyroyal mint. The palate is marked by mouth-watering notes such as blackberry compote, dark chocolate shavings, cassis, oolong tea, flint, and lavender. A long floral finish, which lasts for up to a minute. With a pleasing acidity and fine tannic framework, this wine is very enjoyable today and should develop gracefully in the cellar for years to come.

Cantina Mesa 2021 Cannonau Primo Scuro (Italy) $16.99

Moderate ruby in color, with generous aromas of wild ripe red fruits and spice. On the palate, the wine has more body than the color would indicate with round acidity, supple tannins and warm finish. Pair with cold cuts, fatty fishes, grilled meats and soft cheeses.

Wren House Brewing Horse Sense IPA (Arizona) $5.99

A fun favorite from Wren House, this 2023 variant is brewed on its familiar blend of base malts, changing it up from our usual base malt. Additions of @grainrandd White Sonora Wheat, bringing a fuller body to this easy-drinking IPA. Mosaic and Waimea this year giving huge fresh squeezed orange and key lime flavors throughout.


Kim Maloney
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364

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