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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
In addition to our regular Thursday & Friday wine tasting this week, the Wine Cellar will hold a special “double” sweet dessert wine and sparkling wine tasting this Saturday, December 22nd.  The Holidays are a prime time for these special wines, which rarely make it onto our regular weekly tasting
events.  So if you’re so inclined, stop by the Cellar this Saturday and sample some of them!  We’ll have a line-up of six different styles of luscious dessert wines as well as six great sparkling wines; the tasting fee to try each set of wines will be the standard $10.00.  We’ll be ready to go any time after noon on Saturday and we’ll keep going until 6:00 PM.  This is a great opportunity to try some really nice wines that you ordinarily never see on our weekly wine tastings, so come by and check them out!
Also, a quick note to let everyone know that the Wine Cellar will be OPEN this coming Monday, December 24th, which just happens to be Christmas Eve.  We’re normally closed Mondays, but due to Christmas falling on Tuesday this year, we’ll be open from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM Monday for all of the last-minute shoppers out there.  And with that, a Merry Christmas to all!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Dutton Goldfield 2010 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $29.99
On the nose, this is an absolute citrus and tropical fruitbasket with caramel and toffee overtones. But a wonderful freshness and keen minerality in the mouth balances the promised lushness. Citrus and peach fruit flavors lead,
with a creamy, spiced-nutmeg quality from careful oak aging.

Thomas Fogarty 2006 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)    $17.99
Thomas Fogarty has been making Pinot Noirs from the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1981.  The grapes for this wine were sourced from seven of its premier vineyards.  Each of the sites imparts its own unique character; together harmonizing and intensifying their Santa Cruz Mountains character and terroir.
Mazzei 2007 Serrata Belguardo (Tuscany, Italy)    $19.99
The Serrata (80% Sangiovese and 20% Alicante) is a rich, balanced red from Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region.  Dark plum fruit, sweet herbs, licorice and hints of old leather mingle in this radiant wine, carried on a polished, silky tannic frame.
Capafons-Ossó 2004 Sirsell (Priorat, Spain)  $24.99
Produced from Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mazuelo and Syrah grapes that were fermented separately and aged 12 months in oak, this delicious Priorato offers rich black olive and dark cherry aromas.  Pure blackberry and dark plum fruit flavors are edged by a terrific slate minerality, giving this wine an amazing elegance despite its substantial structure and richness.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley)    $22.99
This small production 100% Cabernet Franc is a prime example of the classic Bordeaux varietal.  It offers a velvety tannic profile and bright, juicy flavors of plums, black cherries, blackberries and currants.  14 months barrel aging in 100% French oak adds mocha and toasty vanilla accents to the elegant finish.
Truchard 2009 Syrah (Carneros)    $24.99
This ‘cool climate’ Syrah opens with fragrant aromas of dark fruits.  In the
mouth, a dense core of juicy dark cherry and blackberry fruit is robed with
firm tannins and a spicy, lifting acidity.  With air, the spice accents increase in intensity, adding complexity to the finish.
Faust 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $49.99
The 2009 Faust is a benchmark example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine opens with aromas of red and black cherries and raspberries.  A rich and supple palate of black cherry, cedar, espresso and chocolate flavors leads to a complex, lingering finish.
Mills Reef 2007 Merlot-Malbec (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand) $18.99
This deeply colored 50/50 blend of Merlot and Malbec, sourced from the
well-known Gimblet Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, is fruit-forward and supple. The flavors are a medley of ripe black plums, boysenberries and black currants, intertwined with spicy/savory oak notes to add flavor complexity.
Beso de Vino 2010 Selección (Cariñena, Spain)    $11.99
Beso de Vino’s Selección is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Garnacha sourced from the Cariñena wine region of north-central Spain. The nose shows a mix of wild berries and forest floor, and a hint of black olives. Full-bodied and soft on the palate, this offers a fine mix of spices and ripe fruit, and no hard edges.
Warre’s Otima Tawny Port, Ten Years Old (Douro Valley,
Portugal)    $22.99
The Otima opens with a very full and intense nose of orange rind, fig, almond and hints of marmalade.  On the palate, it displays a rich, lusciously sweet and superbly concentrated core of dried fruit and caramel/toffee flavors.  The finish is lush, lingering and full of spice.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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