7-12-11 News Letter

7-12-11 News Letter

Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

The Yuma Art Center’s 2011 Summer Six-Pac continues this weekend and the next, July 15th-17th and 22nd-24th at the Historic Yuma Theatre here in Old Town (254 S. Main St.) with the play Same Time, Another Year presented by Yuma Community Theater. This is the sequel to Same Time, Next Year, an installment in last year’s Six-Pac that won raves from local attendees. This year’s version will feature two different actors in the roles of George and Doris, who carry on their “one-time-a-year” love affair while dealing with the joys and heartbreaks that come with raising children and grandchildren, and growing older in an ever-changing America. Can their unique relationship survive the challenges that life brings for another 25 years? See what happens in this moving story by Bernard Slade as tragedy, triumph, and change put their love to the test. Reserved seating is just $10 and tickets are available at www.yumazaz.gov/events, or at the Yuma Art Center box office (same address as above). Check it out!

THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $5.00 to try all six, or $5.00 for a full glass:

Stella 2009 Pinot Grigio (Umbria, Italy) $9.99
This Umbrian Pinot Grigio offers vibrant fresh fruit aromas and flavors of pears and citrus, and zesty acidity. A light mineral character adds a bit of complexity. Light, refreshing and easy-going – it’s an ideal hot weather quaffer.

Hugel & Fils 2008 Gentil (Alsace, France) $15.99
Hegel’s proprietary Alsatian blend combines the spicy essence of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the ripe juiciness of Muscat and the rich character of the Sylvaner grape. It’s clean, surprisingly dry and deliciously crisp on the palate.

G. Duboeuf 2009 Cru Beaujolais Domaine des Rosiers (Burgundy, France) $17.99
The “King of Beaujolais”, Georges Duboeuf, considers 2009 to be the ‘vintage of a lifetime.’ This Moulin-à-Vent is one of the finest wines in his portfolio, offering an elegant richness that defies the humble reputation of Beaujolais. Delicious flavors of blackberries, black currant jam and spices offer remarkable depth and length.

Antinori 2009 Santa Cristina (Tuscany, Italy) $10.99
A perfect ruby-red in color, this Tuscan red offers an alluring bouquet of raspberry and cherry fruits, along with notes of violet and cedar. The palate is bursting with delicious berry and plum fruit, accented with a dash of pepper.

Scott Harvey 2007 InZINerator (California) $14.99
Fresh, uncomplicated and delightfully fruit-forward, the InZINerator is user-friendly in the extreme, offering an abundance of clean, luscious raspberry and cherry fruit and a swirl of pleasant spice accents. There’s just enough tannins present to contain the robust fruit on a juicy, lip-smacking finish.

Two Angels 2004 Syrah, Shannon Ridge Vineyard (Lake County) $19.99
This Syrah has a rich, deep, purple-violet color that hints at the fruit and body to follow. Aromas of ripe raspberries and plums mingle with a touch of licorice on the nose. On the palate, the wine shows a supple, balanced texture and fine tannic grip, with flavors that mirror the lush aromas.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY “PREMIUM POUR” ($10.00 a glass)

Provenance 2006 Merlot (Napa Valley) $26.99
Tom Rinaldi was winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards for over 20 years prior to launching his own Provenance label. This Merlot, sourced from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard sites, opens to lush red currant, blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors, accented by hints of pepper and black olives. A round and supple tannic frame cloaks the lush, lingering finish.

NEW ARRIVALS:

Cooralook 2008 Shiraz (Heathcote, Australia) $15.99
This wine offers classic Shiraz dark fruit flavors, plus hints of sweet cherries. 10 months of oak aging add accents of toasty spice and vanilla. It’s smooth and supple in texture, with the ripe fruit and spice notes playing off nicely against a slight earthiness.

Cooralook 2009 Pinot Noir (Strathbogie Ranges, Australia) $15.99
This Aussie Pinot offers bright red and black fruit flavors with nuances of dark chocolate, vanilla and subtle floral accents. The palate is well structured, with fine-grained tannins and good balancing acidity. It’s a bright and refreshing wine, perfect for warmer weather.

Four Vines 2009 Old Vine Cuvee California Zinfandel $12.99
Made with old vine fruit sourced from regions across the state, the ‘09 Old Vine Cuvee has a plump nose of briar fruit and licorice with a hint of cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. In the mouth, there’s a nice black pepper spice accent to complement abundantly ripe blackberry and plum fruit.

Robert Craig 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Valley District, Napa Valley) $74.99
Dense purple to the rim, this Cabernet displays powerful blueberry, blackberry, plum and truffle notes in the aromas, and the palate shows superb flavor concentration, offering a taut, ripe mix of blackberry, red cherry and berry flavors that are rich and full-bodied, spicy and complex, framed by solid, gripping tannins.

Cheers!

Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
928-373-0405

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