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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This week’s Wine Cellar schedule is pretty straightforward: we’ll be closed Wednesday for Christmas Day, then back to our regular days and hours the rest of the week.  That means of course that the Cellar’s Weekly Wine Tastings will go on as always this Thursday and Friday, as detailed below.  One extra note:  since the Cellar will be closed next Wednesday as well for the New Year’s Day holiday, we will be OPEN on Monday, December 31st from 11AM to 5PM for all your last-minute New Year’s Eve party needs.  Need some good bubbly to toast the new year?  We have lots!   


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


Miraflores 2012 Viognier (El Dorado County)    $18.99
This opens with scents of peach and pear fruit, mixing with hints of orange blossom. The enticing aromas introduce a similar flavor profile, enhanced with a silky texture and a mouthwatering lime-zest quality. It superbly melds lush fruit with  light floral tones to create a distinctively crisp and superbly refreshing white wine.


Siduri 2011 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $21.99
Supple and nicely ripe, this Oregon Pinot begins with heady aromas of blueberries, black cherries and violets.  In the mouth, the generous dark cherry and raspberry fruit is shaded by white pepper and spice notes that linger enticingly on the clean finish.


Catena 2011 Vista Flores Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $15.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the high-altitude Vista Flores region of Mendoza. True to the varietal, it’s a juicy, mouth-filling red with deep, dark flavors of plum, currant and blackberry.  Complex pepper and spice accents enliven the finish.


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)    $17.99
This Washington State Cabernet is silky and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry and sweet black cherry fruit flavors.  The fruit is framed with firm but polished tannins, along with hints of licorice, coffee and dark chocolate.


Ferrari-Carano 2011 Siena (Sonoma County)   $19.99
The Siena opens with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice.  Ripe, juicy red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins. Pleasantly tart cherry flavors linger on the finish, accented by a touch of dark chocolate.


Girard 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley)    $29.99
The grapes for this wine were sourced from mountain-side as well as century-old valley floor vineyards, producing a medium-bodied Zin with lush, integrated tannins, deliciously pure fruit and bright acidity.  The aroma and flavor profile includes elements of raspberry preserves, red licorice and dark plum, along with light hints of tobacco, herbs and cedar.




Miraflores 2011 Malbec (El Dorado County)    $24.99
Miraflores Malbec is a densely structured red, with aromas of black cherries, violets, cedar and a touch of spice. On the palate, deep flavors of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark chocolate mingle on the smooth-as-silk texture, coming to a lengthy finish.


Caymus 2010 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $129.99
The Caymus Special Selection is vinted from the outstanding barrels of the vintage.  A rich and concentrated nose of wild berry and currant aromas leads on to flavors of black cherry, cassis and cocoa, deftly balanced with a note of toasty oak.  A long, velvety finish completes this powerful Cabernet.


Qupé 2011 Syrah (Central Coast)    $19.99
This is a vibrant Syrah, overflowing with ripe black fruit on the nose, followed up by notes of spice and oak.  Dense fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and stewed plums are tinged with accents of mocha, expresso and cinnamon that come to a lush, lasting finish.




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

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