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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Thursday, July 7th from 4:00PM to 8:00PM, NexGen Yuma is staging a “take-over” of Lutes’ Casino (right down the street at 226 S. Main here in Old Town). 25% of the night’s sales will be donated to the Yuma Regional Medical Center Drive for School Supplies.

NexGen Yuma is comprised of and directed by young professionals who want to get involved and make a difference in their community. The Next Generation Leadership Council is a peer networking organization that connects ambitious individuals to Yuma’s unique cultural, recreational, social, volunteer and professional development opportunities. The mission is to inform, connect, involve and engage its members in the growth and success of the Yuma region. It sounds like a great local service organization – find out more at

And if you can’t make it this week, NexGen will be staging another take-over at Lutes’ Casino in two weeks, on Thursday July 21st from 4:00PM to 8:00PM, again benefiting the Yuma Regional Medical Center Drive for School Supplies. Sounds like a good destination after the Thursday wine tasting here at the Cellar…

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

EOS 2007 Estate Reserve Chardonnay (Paso Robles) $18.99
This was fermented in oak barrels, with one-half of the lots subject to malolactic fermentation to help soften the wine’s acidity and enhance the palate texture. The nose offers bright floral and citrus aromas. It’s rich and creamy on the palate, with a fresh and balanced fruity character and a savory hint of crème brulée.

St. Urbans-Hof 2008 Riesling Kabinett, Ockfener Bockstein (Mosel Valley) $17.99
This is a wonderfully expressive Riesling, full of vibrant citrus, vanilla cream and slate flavors. It’s balanced and vibrant, with a succulent quality on the palate that lasts through the long, mineral-and floral-tinged finish. This wine offers all the characteristic delicacy and verve that Mosel Valley Kabinetts are renowned for.

Jargon 2009 Pinot Noir (California) $10.99
This California Pinot Noir offers aromas of fresh dark cherries and raspberries, along with a light hint of spice. It has a pleasant and balanced fruit profile of raspberry and spiced cherry wrapped in supple tannins. Overall, it’s a nicely balanced wine with a silky texture that makes for easy drinking.

Bodega Septima 2007 Syrah (Mendoza, Argentina) $11.99
This Argentinean Syrah shows a deep crimson color with a slight purple tint. On the palate, it’s a fruit-forward wine that offers good concentration along with a fine range of dark fruit flavors like raspberry and boysenberry. A subtle toasty quality gives depth and breadth to the palate.

Curtis 2007 Heritage Cuvée (Santa Barbara County) $14.99
Heritage Cuvée is a Rhone-styled blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The nose offers jammy aromas of dark fruits and spicy notes of sandalwood and pepper. Flavors of ripe dark cherries and berries are accented with touches of vanilla and cedar.

Brokenwood 2005 Cricket Pitch (South Eastern Australia) $17.99
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot is sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale, the Hunter Valley and Victoria. Aromas of ripe cherries, spice and earth meld into juicy flavors of blackberry and cherry preserves. Firm tannins add plenty of grip to the abundant fruit, and dusty mineral notes provide a slightly tangy edge through the finish.


Sebastiani 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $29.99
This opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet, accented by hints of spearmint and toasty oak. On the palate, this Cabernet is smooth, balanced and complex, with rich blackberry and cassis flavors. The fruit is framed with firm but really smooth tannins, ending with a lingering finish.


Flora Springs 2007 Trilogy (Napa Valley) $49.99
Trilogy is an elegant, complex Napa blend that’s beautifully structured, delicate and refined. The multi-layered palate offers a lusciously rich, ripe fruit core. Nuances of coffee, dark chocolate and spices mingle with the lush fruit and lightly toasted oak.

Turnbull 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $14.99
Turnbull 2009 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit, guava and melon. On the palate, its character is decidedly tropical, showing ripe mango, guava and melon fruit, a touch of ripe grapefruit and a hint of mineral. It stays crisp and lively to the finish – a perfect summer quaffer.

Sebastiani 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $15.99
Sebastiani’s 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet displays the depth and complexity one would expect from a truly fine vintage. The bouquet has complex aromas of black cherries, herbs, black tea and coconut. The palate is packed with flavors of ripe blackberries, vanilla spice and toasty oak. The finish is long, and nicely framed by firm, smoothly integrated tannins.

Campo Viejo 2003 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $24.99
This Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected, premium Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, and is aged 5 years before being released. The nose offers exotic aromas of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The smooth, velvety palate has abundant cherry and black plum fruit flavors, along with complex notes of tobacco and spices.


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

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