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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

Christmas is bearing down on us, but there’s still plenty of time!  Since Christmas Day falls on Friday this year, the Old Town Wine Cellar will be open all day on Monday the 22nd, as well as Tuesday through Thursday (Christmas Eve), so if you still need to tie up some loose ends with regard to your Christmas shopping be sure to stop by.  And of course we’ll be doing our usual weekly wine tasting (excepting on Friday of course).  And we will be back open our normal hours on Saturday the 26th.  And if you can’t make it down to the Cellar this week, let me take this opportunity to wish you as well as the rest of our great customers here in Yuma a truly Merry Christmas!


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


Gloria Ferrer Private Cuvée Brut (Sonoma County)    $17.99
The Private Cuvée is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, estate-grown and hand-harvested from Sonoma’s cool Carneros region.  Delicate pear and floral scents are enlivened by hints of toasty almond.  In the mouth, lively citrus and green apple flavors are carried on a persistent effervescence to a rich, toasty finish.


Landmark Overlook 2013 Pinot Noir (California)    $21.99
Landmark’s Overlook bottling combines premium fruit sourced from cool growing sites in Sonoma, Monterey and San Benito Counties to beautiful effect.  With vibrant fruit, velvety tannins and hints of spice from French oak aging, it’s an elegant and supple California Pinot.


d’Arenberg 2011 Stump Jump Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia)     $12.99
This opens with ripe mulberry and blackberry fruits swirling into heady aromas of anise and peppery spices.  The palate offers ripe plums and raspberries, with the soft, rich texture that’s typical of McLaren Vale Shiraz.  The finish is long and pleasing, with a hint of dark chocolate.


Santo Tomás 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Guadelupe Valley, Mexico)    $17.99
This Baja California Cabernet is a bright, medium-bodied red with a nose of fresh red fruits and savory spice notes.  The palate offers a nice mix of black cherry and wild berry fruit, with light tannins and good acidity.


Seghesio 2013 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)    $22.99
This acclaimed Sonoma Zinfandel has an aromatic bouquet full of plum, blackberry and blueberry, with hints of red currants and black pepper. It’s a full-bodied wine with excellent structure that’s true to the varietal, nicely enhanced by a pleasant touch of toast on the palate.


Chiantari 2010 Nero d’Avola (Sicily, Italy)    $26.99
This native Sicilian red offers bright aromas of black currant and boysenberry infused with subtle nuances of mint. In the mouth it’s a richly fruited wine with fresh upfront ripe dark fruit flavors, then earthy, savory, leathery notes kick in. Firm but velvet-coated tannins support this flavorful wine.




Iron Horse Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir (Green Valley)    $31.99
The grapes for the Iron Horse 2012 Pinot Noir were hand-selected from twelve blocks of their estate vineyards in the Green Valley. It opens with a lovely bouquet of black raspberries, cherries, anise and cedar.  A juicy core of black cherry fruit is enhanced by complex accents of herbs, toast and earth.  It’s well balanced, supple and very easy to drink…


Wieninger 2010 Gemischter Satz (Vienna, Austria)    $12.99
Gemischter Satz, (“mixed set”) is a traditional field blend of as many as 13 different varietals that are co-planted and co-fermented, once a common practice in Europe. Here the main players are Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Welschriesling and Chardonnay. The result is a bracingly dry, mineral-laden white with an edgy charm.


Empordàlia 2012 Balmeta (Empordà, Spain)    $18.99
Balmeta is 100% Garnacha, the traditional grape of Spain’s Empordà region. The wine offers intense aromas of red and black fruits like strawberries, cherries and blackberries, with a touch of spice. In the mouth it’s fresh and savory, with mellow tannins, bright fruit flavors and spicy hints of mint and licorice.


Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager (San Diego)    $5.99
The Fathom IPL combines time-honored lagering techniques with the hop profiles of a West Coast IPA.  Cold-fermenting lager yeast provides a clean base, which allows the citrus and pine scents from the hops to really shine. The result is a gold medal quality beer with a refreshing, easy-drinking character and plenty of depth.




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

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