8-23-2011 Newsletter

8-23-2011 Newsletter

Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Fourth Friday” is back in Old Town!  Block parties will henceforth be held here on Main Street on the fourth Friday of each month, with the first taking place this very Friday, August 26th.  The party will start at 7:00 and go until 11:00PM.
On-street activities will include live music from the bands Dune Sea Crew, Crucial Vibrations and Legal Alien, as well as art exhibitions and other outdoor activities, and there will be a variety of food and drink vendors along the street.
Downtown bars and restaurants will be offering associated Block Party drink
specials, live music and extended hours for the occasion.  And of course there will be wine tasting here at the Cellar.  So come on down to Old Town this Friday evening and party!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$5.00 to try all six, or
$5.00 for a full glass
:
Helfrich 2007 Pinot Gris (Alsace, France)    $12.99
This is a creamy and aromatic example of Pinot Gris, exuding orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and apricot aromas and flavors, and a hint of
toasted coconut.  Lightly tangy acidity and a deft note of minerality keeps it brisk and wonderfully refreshing.
Primo Amore Juliet (Verona, Italy)     $8.99
Juliet offers an enchanting floral perfume as alluring as a bouquet of spring flowers.  One sip of this lovely wine and you’ll be hooked by intense crushed grape and white peach flavors that dance across the palate in perfect harmony with a zesty, delicate spritz, crisp acidity and alluring sweetness.
Louis Latour 2009 Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine (Vin de Pays, France)    $14.99
Domaine de Valmoissine is a Vin de Pays, or “wine of the country” from Provence in the south of France, but it’s soft and silky on the palate, and offers such rich fruit and elegance that few Burgundians would ever believe that it’s not a Burgundy Pinot Noir, and a pretty nice one
at that…
Sterling Vineyards 2009 California Meritage $10.99
Sterling’s Meritage Red is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes sourced from some of California’s finest appellations.  This richly textured wine offers delicious flavors of black cherry, chocolate, black currant and spicy vanilla.
Viña Santa Ema 2008 Reserve Merlot (Maipo Valley, Chile)    $12.99
This wine shows a surprising degree of dark chocolate on the nose, followed by more chocolate tones on the palate, with ripe black cherry and a hint of espresso thrown in.  The tannins are soft and easy, with just enough structure to provide balance.
Quinta do Vallado 2008 Douro Red (Douro Valley, Portugal)  $19.99
A blend of the Douro varietals Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.  Fig and black plum aromas greet the nose, with a hint of balsamic-scented oak.  The palate has fine structure and fullness, with mature, silky tannins supporting ample black cherry, plum and berry fruit flavors, plus a dash of pepper.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY “PREMIUM POUR” ($10.00 a glass)
Domaine Carneros 2008 Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)     $32.99
This estate-produced and bottled Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in French oak barrels.  It opens with a lovely bouquet that seems to explode forth from the glass, with aromas of black cherries and cherries, spice, anise and cedar. A core of rich, deep black cherry fruit is enhanced by complex hints of herbs, oak toast and earth. It’s beautifully balanced and smooth as silk, and very easy to drink…
NEW ARRIVALS:
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)   $16.99
This Washington 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, and hints of licorice, coffee and chocolate.  The addition of 16% Syrah adds a nice dash of pepper.
Rocca di Montemassi 2009 Vermentino Calasole (Tuscany, Italy)   $14.99
Vermentino is a grape grown in coastal Italy that makes an aromatic dry white, with a spicy, floral bouquet like Viognier and a crisply dry finish reminscent of Sauvignon Blanc.  The Calasole exhibits ripe scents of peach, pear and honeydew.  The body is substantial yet fresh, with enticing citrus and peach tones and a clean mineral finish.
Montevina 2008 Zinfandel (Amador County)    $9.99
A great everyday Zin from the heart of “Zin Central”, this wine delivers all the zest of Amador County, with bright aromas and juicy flavors of black raspberries and plums edged with touches of clove and cinnamon.  It’s a great quaff to toast another rotation of the planet, and a fine match with pizza, burgers, tri-tip and any other kind of barbecue you can think of!
Cheers!
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364
928-373-0405