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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Just a quick reminder, temporary hours of 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM for the Old Town Wine Cellar extend through Wednesday of this week, then we will get back to our normal 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM schedule.  I’ll be back in the Cellar and hopefully be fully refreshed and ready to face another Yuma summer head-on.  Our new weekly featured wines-by-the-glass program seems to be going over very well with everyone, so head on down to Old Town and check it out.  I hope to see you soon!


FEATURED WINES THIS WEEK: ($10 for a glass, $5 for a half-glass)


Fontana Candida 2017 Frascati (Lazio, Italy)    $11.99
The grapes for this refreshingly dry, clean white grow in porous volcanic soils near the city of Rome.  A distinct minerality drives the aromas, with scents of peach, pear, citrus peel and basil. Dominant flavors of citrus and pear highlight the palate. plus a light touch of toasted almonds.


Van Duzer 2018 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)    $15.99
This is a vibrant and delicious Pinot Gris, with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of Bosc pears, ripe peaches and orange blossoms reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest.  The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.


Chalk Hill 2017 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)    $19.99

This Pinot is from premier vineyards throughout the Sonoma Coast growing regions.  A brilliant garnet in the glass, the nose offers hints of cherry, raspberry and plum plus a hint of violet amid subtle spice notes.  An elegant, silky mouthfeel and firm acidity frame the wine’s ripe fruit.


Gerard Bertrand 2015 Cotes de Roses (Languedoc, France)    $15.99
This red absolutely sings of southern France.  The nose is redolent with violets, dried herbs, cassis and raspberries. The palate is smooth and enticing, offering black cherry, raspberry and currant fruit flavors, accented by hints of violets, herbs and earth.  It ends on a bright, persistent finish with a nice kick of peppery spice.


Qupé 2013 Grenache, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard (Edna Valley)    $24.99
This is a “cool climate” style of Grenache with a relatively light body and structure.  Aromas of brilliant red cherries transition into elegant flavors of raspberry, currant and toast.  Best served slightly chilled, it will age gracefully over the next five years.


Mercer Estates 2014 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills (Columbia Valley)    $24.99
Mercer Estates Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit.  Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, it shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity. The round, soft finish carries a light touch of vanilla.




Rodney Strong Vineyards 2017 Upshot Red (Sonoma County)    $18.99
The Upshot Red is a multi-varietal blend, with all the fruit sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County.  The end result is a rich, supple red bursting with berry and black cherry fruit and savory spice notes, with round tannins and a lifted backbone of acidity.  A blend of 31% Merlot, 31% Zinfandel and 30% Malbec, along with small additions of Riesling and Petit Verdot.


Laetitia 2016 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)    $22.99
Exuding dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied.  Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.


La Fleur Renaissance 2016 Sauternes (Bordeaux, France)    $17.99
Sauternes is the aristocrat of dessert wines, and this traditional blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc is a fine example. The nose offers heady aromas of succulent pineapple, flowers and crystallized ginger. In the mouth, an exquisite fusion of golden figs, dried apricot, honeycomb and roasted almonds swirls on a lusciously rich palate.




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

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