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Month July 2007

Salvestrin Napa Valley Savestrin Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 2003 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I love Cabernet Sauvignon and it truly is the king of all Napa wine varietals. But I visit and drink many Napa Cabernet Sauvignons and my initial impression…. beef and Cabernet? The reason for the question mark is that you expect boldness, immediate greatness from all Napa Cabernet Sauvignons– especially those of pedigree. I view wines of pedigree (appellation, wine maker, winery reputation, barrel program, etc) as something that I should enjoy immediately. So many I find inconsequential or uninteresting or unpassionate.

Salvestrin Napa Valley Salvestrin Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is well structured, boldly balanced, finessed with muscle and a touch of a seraphim. The oak balances the fruit so that neither is ahead of the other. This wine is full of rounded dark red fruit, brilliant cedar and bramble, and hints of nutmeg, Acai, minerals in a stream, plum, chocolate and trace of fall baking spices.

¡Salud!

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Tandem Auction Block Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Tandem Pinot Noir demonstrated excellence in a very difficult year. The fruit was elegant, silken, there was a warm wave of soft peppers, cardamom, rose petal, bramble, cedar and boysenberry.

¡Salud!

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Tandem Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

When you visit Sonoma County you realize it is special; the time of year does not matter; rain or shine; or fog trapped valley or mist covered hills; it is mystical and mythical and so are the wines from this special wine country. Tandem produces Pinot Noirs from some very choice vineyards; the right terroir produces memorable and magnificient wines. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir with exotic Oaxacan spice, roasted red pepper, persimmon, and carmelized blueberry.

¡Salud!

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Tandem Van der Kamp Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Tandem has a wonderful suite of Pinot Noirs. This is a Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir and has many characteristics that mark this as a Sonoma Pinot. There is a generous pepper, slight eucalyptus, rose petal, carnation, and bounteous red ripe fruit in a structure of elegance and in a ready to drink now.

¡Salud!

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James the Wine Guy Review Policy – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I do accept wine samples but I do not guarantee that I will review wines and / or publish wine reviews. The review policy is to critically review wines and hence the wines stand on their own merit. Please contact me if you have any queries.

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Twin Oaks Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Twin Oaks a very small producer had just 75 cases in 2005. This Pinot Noir presented with fresh cedar, smoke, chocolate, ripe Turkish fig, just picked blackberry; well structured from initial taste to finish.

¡Salud!

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Woodenhead Wiley Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – 2004 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Woodenhead Pinot Noir is markedly different from it’s cousin Morning Dew Ranch. This finish on this wine was far less refined and had so little focus and was lost on the finish.

¡Salud!

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Woodenhead Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Woodenhead has a nice portfolio of Pinot Noirs and have a diversity of well regarded appellations. Anderson Valley cool, cool, cool for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both of these grapes have never had it so good. The Pinot Noir exhibited generous acid, rose petal, black pepper, Turkish fig, evergreen forest, and ground clove.

¡Salud!

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Woodenhead Russian River Valley Tierra Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is my favourite Pinot Noir from Woodenhead. This Pinot is bold lush and soft and silken. This Pinot has a fragrant carnation nose; bramble, worn suede, smoke, Oaxacan spices, and dark plum.

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Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Pinot Noir is a wonderful homage to Russian River Valley. The structure is balanced and recalls it’s heritage to Russian River Valley. This Pinot Noir has wondrous cracking wood, ground clove, dark chocolate, plout and warm black spice.

¡Salud!

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