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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

If you can’t make it by for the Wine Cellar’s weekly wine tasting this Tuesday through Friday, you’ll have another opportunity this week to taste some very good wine: this upcoming Saturday evening, December 5th, the Yuma’s Foothills Optimist Club will hold one of their occasional Wine Tasting Fundraisers here at the Old Town Wine Cellar, beginning at 6 PM and continuing until 8 PM.  This is a benefit to help raise funds for the group’s ongoing youth programs, and the events they’ve held here at the Wine Cellar in the past have always been lots of fun.  There will be plenty of appetizers and assorted raffle prizes as well, so give Mary Ann Moreno a call at 580-7293 if you’d like to order tickets (cost is $20 per person).


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


Sequoia Grove 2013 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)    $24.99
This Napa Chard offers aromas of guava, tropical fruit and pear followed by crème brulee and marshmallow, with lemon peel and brioche notes in the background.  In the mouth it balances between delicate and rich, with a clean, bright palate and a mineral edge framing the creamy finish.


Saint Gregory 2012 Pinot Noir (Mendocino County)    $19.99
Mendocino’s cool climate produces an elegant, Burgundian style of Pinot Noir that offers balanced acidity, a dark garnet color, silky tannins and full, rich dark-fruit character.  This wine shows attractive aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, moderate oak toast and hints of earth.


Celler de Capçanes 2011 Mas Picosa (Montsant, Spain)    $12.99
Mas Picosa is a blend of organically grown old vine Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (30%).  It shows beautifully concentrated dark fruit flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry.  Lush and velvety, the wine has a satisfying plummy richness and very smooth texture.


Tuscan Sun 2012 Auguri (Tuscany, Italy)    $17.99
This Tuscan blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah opens with hints of violets, spiced fruits and fresh herbs.  The palate is distinguished by an excellent balance of ripe black cherry and plum fruit supported by solid, drying tannins.


Santo Tomas 2012 Tempranillo-Cabernet (Baja California, Mexico)    $22.99
This Baja red blend is an equal mix of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Santo Tomas Valley just south of Ensenada, Mexico.  The two varietals together create a fine interplay of ripe dark fruit, structure and savory complexity.


Justin 2012 Justification (Paso Robles)    $39.99
The Justification has always been one of California’s highest expressions of Cabernet Franc.  The 2012 vintage offers aromas of cherry, currant and leather, with a smooth palate and lush, pure red fruit flavors.  Hints of caramel and cinnamon from French oak aging round out this superb red blend.




Ferrari Carano 2012 Reserve Chardonnay (Carneros)    $34.99
The grapes for the 2012 Reserve Chardonnay come from Ferrari Carano’s estate vineyard in Napa Valley’s Carneros Appellation. Comprised of three Chardonnay clones, this offers lush hazelnut, spice, butterscotch and Fuji apple aromas.  The palate delivers deliciously rich pear, fig, caramel, crème brulée and toasty oak flavors that meld in a creamy and lasting finish.


Poderi di San Pietro 2013 Rosso di Valbissera (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99
Rosso di Valbissera is a Piedmontese blend of Barbera, Croatina, and Uva Rara, all native grapes of the region. The wine is a classic northern Italian red, with a savory melding of black cherry and plum fruit and complex notes of earth, wood smoke and spice.


1,000 Stories 2013 Zinfandel, Bourbon Barrel Aged (Mendocino County)    $17.99
This deliciously ripe Mendocino Zin opens with hints of blackberries and raspberries, accented by notes of molasses and clove.  The rich fruit is enhanced by unmistakable Bourbon whiskey flavors of charred vanilla and caramel, imparted by its aging in used Bourbon barrels sourced from premium distillers like Heaven Hill and Four Roses.


Miraflores 2014 Muscat Canelli (El Dorado County)    $15.99
This is a deliciously floral, yet light and delicate Muscat wine. Intense, perfumed aromas of ripe peaches and apricots overflow on the nose, followed up by a fruitbasket of similar flavors in the mouth. It’s fantastic as an apéritif wine – serve it very well chilled!




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

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