Monthly Archives: 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 … Continue reading

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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! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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! *** A plethora of wine … Continue reading

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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! *** A plethora of wine reviews … Continue reading

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