San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting – 2010 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was a very difficult event to experience as there was not a well organized winery list of wines.  Only a small newsprint guide was given–a very hard way to record wines tasted.  Also, the environment was very crowded and not all wineries were present.  I made a print out of the wines I wanted to try and to some extent was able to try many of them but many more I missed as the wineries were not present.

Here are the reviews of the wines I tasted; some have been written up and the remaining will be completed.

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PB Heim Napa Valley Charbono – 2004 – 9.4

Macrae Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.2

Macia Amador County Barbera – 2008 – 9.2

Due Vigne de Famiglia El Dorado County Dolcetto – 2006 – 9.2

Pope Valley Reerve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.2

Muscardini Ukiah Valley Pauli Ranch Barbera – 2008 – 9.2

Zerba Walla Walla Valley Malbec – 2007 – 9.2

Ardente Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon – 2004 – 9.1

Distefano Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.1

Domenico Amador County Aglianico – 2006 – 9.1

Fortinos Brothers Carneros Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

GV Cellars Solano County Green Valley Dolcetto 9.1

Keating Rockpile Malbec – 2007 – 9.1

Macrae Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Merriam Dry Creek Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 9.1

Mettler Family Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.1

Mill Creek Dry Creek Merlot – 2005 – 9.1

Kenneth Volk Calleri Vineyard San Benito Negrette – 2008 – 9.1

Yorkville Yorkville Highlands Cabernet Franc – 2007 – 9.1

Zerba Walla Walla Valley Petit Verdot – 2007 – 9.1

Vision Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Witch Creek Valle de Guadalupe Nebbiolo – 2007 – 9.1

Graeser Family Diamond Mountain Cabernet Franc – 2004 – 9.0

Domenico Amador County Nebbiolo – 2006 – 9.0

Amphora Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.0

Due Vigne de Famiglia El Dorado County Nebbiolo – 2007 – 9.0

R&B Bingham Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.0

Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Pinot Gris 2008 – 9.0

Sorcellerie Neal 3 Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.0

Witch Creek Valle de Guadalupe Aglianico – 2007 – 9.0

Hannah Nicole Contra Costa County Merlot – 2006 – 8.9

Hannah Nicole Contra Costa County Le Melange Rouge – 2006 – 8.9

Kenneth Volk Pomar Junction Vineyard Paso Robles Verdehlo – 2008 – 8.9

Fenestra Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley Malbec – 2007 – 8.9

Fenestra Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 8.9

Amphora Molinari Vineyard Dry Creek Malbec – 2006 – 8.9

Keating Rockpile Malbec – 2006 –  8.9

Minnassian-Young Paso Robles Malbec – 2006 – 8.9

Peirano Estate Lodi Tempranillo – 2006 – 8.9

Penman Springs Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer – 2008 – 8.9

Pope Valley Eakle Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 8.9

Venteaux Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

Vina Castellano Sierra Foothills Tempranillo – 2006 – 8.9

Vision Cellars Marin County Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.9

Cubanismo Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.8

Mt. Vernon Clarksburg Petite Sirah – 8.8

Skylight Cellars Yakima Valley Malbec – 2007 – 8.8

Zina Hyde Cunningham Lake County Malbec – 2007 – 8.8

Berryessa Gap Yolo County Malbec – 2006 – 8.7

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¡Salud!

James the Wine Guy

http://www.jamesthewineguy.com

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