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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Just a quick note this week to let everyone know that the Tuesday Farmers Market is back for the winter!  Every Tuesday from now until the end of March, the Main Street Plaza between 2nd and 3rd Streets here in Old Town is the scene of a combined farmers market and general street fair.  Hours are from 10AM to 3PM, with plenty of produce, good stuff to eat, and lots of interesting stuff to look at – or even buy if you’re so inclined.  This ongoing event benefits Crossroads Mission and the Yuma Food Bank, so be sure to check it out before the winter’s over.


And a reminder, Christmas is a scant two weeks from tomorrow.  You surely have some gifts yet to buy, and as I’ve said many times, wine makes just about the perfect gift.  In fact, here at the Wine Cellar you can try (some) before you buy!


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


Ferrari Carano 2012 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County)    $14.99
This Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, lively and stylish, with a zesty mix of orange rind, fig and grapefruit flavors, accented by subtle herb tones.  Hints of lemon blossom make a pleasant backdrop to the bold, racy fruit.  The finish is bright, clean and refreshing.


Hahn Winery 2012 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)    $14.99
Hahn Monterey Pinot is vibrant yet elegant, with a bouquet of strawberry, spice and floral aromas. Pleasant plum and dark cherry flavors flow across the palate, mingling with touches of black pepper and oak.  The abundant fruit is balanced by a zesty cool-climate acidity and firm tannins.


Beso de Vino 2011 Old Vine Garnacha (Cariñena, Spain)    $11.99
This Spanish Grenache exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri.  Rich dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones.  It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness.


Villa Antinori 2010 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy)    $18.99
Villa Antinori is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori.  The wine’s bouquet offers scents of sweet fruit, spice and a hint of oak.  Black cherry and cassis fruit dominates on the palate, accented by a touch of chocolate.


Yangarra 2010 Estate Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $22.99
Rich and velvety, this plush-textured Aussie Shiraz overflows with ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavors, complemented by hints of chocolate and minty eucalyptus.  Complex spice notes intermingle on the concentrated, succulent palate, and the juicy finish goes on and on.


Château Haut-Beauséjour 2009 Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux, France)    $27.99
This “Left Bank” blend of 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with scents of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate.  The palate offers an array of ripe fruit flavors along with subtle notes of coffee, oak toast and spices, supported by firm tannins.




Firestone 2008 Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley)    $16.99
On the nose, this wine offers generous notes of cassis, cedar box and mocha dust.  On the palate, well defined flavors of dark plums and currants are laced with complex tones of dark chocolate and espresso.  The finish is lengthy and elegant, with subtle herb notes.  This is a Merlot that shows fine structure and balance.


Miraflores 2011 Mourvedre (El Dorado County)    $24.99
Mourvedre is rarely seen all by itself.  The wine’s nose reveals ripe red raspberry and blackberry fruit along with elements of sandalwood, anise and white pepper.  The flavors are deliciously pure and expressive, framed by supple, finely integrated tannins.


The Calling 2012 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $27.99
A classic Chardonnay, the 2012 vintage was blended from select Dutton Ranch vineyards. Barrel fermentation and sur lie aging results in a rich, smooth wine with subtle notes of oak and crisp flavors of Meyer lemons, honeydew melon and white peach.  It’s creamy and rich yet still bright and refreshing, with a long, clean finish.




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

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