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Month August 2007

Fiddlehead Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Everyone raves about the Santa Rita Hills and Fiddlehead wines from this appellation. This is a focused Pinot Noir witih subtle and standing ovation characteristics: lovely damp earth, sliced pluot, a dusting of clove, seude, amazing terroir for an amazing wine. The closest thing to Burgundy without that Burgundy price point. A lovely wine; my favourite Pinot Noir in show.

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¡Salud!

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Erba Mountainside Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

When it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon I expect more than just a now cliche Napa or Napa Valley; I want my Napa with a vineyard designation. Cabernet Sauvignon can vary greatly; I like focus and structure and boldness… some Cabernet Sauvignons are bland, un-interesting and worse you may not care where it is from–you just know that is not what you want.

This Erba Cabernet Sauvignon is well defined, confident but not an eye rolling wine either. This wine has some bold Sarawak black pepper, Acai, cherry, leather and smoke.

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Beckmen Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Beckmen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez Valley has an abundance of rich dark red berry, bramble, suede, smoke and Malabar pepper.

¡Salud!

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Bjornstad Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I talked with Greg Bjornstad this summer at the San Francisco Pinot Days; he was much sought after and so we exchanged a few pleasantries which was difficult to do. I also heard Greg speak at the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast tasting and he was a modest and articulate speaker. His wines are outstanding; you can try another vineyard designate wine same vintage and somehow they are not the same; hence enter stage right is the art and science of the winemaker. Yes, Virginia wines vary from winemaker to vineyard to non-vineyard designate selects to reserves versus year and the wine is different; sometimes markedly so. This Chardonnay is bold, crisp, focused; Winesap apple, a dusting of nutmeg and allspice, a flash of cumin (and yes this is a good thing; not an overwhelming amount just a mesmerizing dose that keeps you smelling your wine); and dried fig.

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Fritz Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a wonderful example of Russian River Valley fruit. The terroir gives it’s hand the wine makers its two pair of hands to make a polished and well heeled Chardonnay. This Chardonnay gives a balance between refined and bold; generous caramelized apple, cinnamon, quintessential nutmeg, and forest floor. A gorgeous Chardonnay.

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Chappellet Napa Valley Merlot – 2004 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is an elegant and well defined Merlot with supple and silky tannins; generous cassis, molten chocolate, and freshly picked blackberry. A sophisticated Merlot and I would liken this to an ideal for a mid-Summer’s evening dinner.

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Stag’s Leap Cellars Napa Valley KARIA Chardonnay – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A lovingly wooded Chardonnay Stag’s Leap Cellar’s most certainly known for their red wines produce a delicious Chardonnay. This wine gives generous nutmeg, cedar, forest floor, Adriatic fig, and a kiss of lavender honey.

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Robert Stemmler Ferguson Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

It is hard for a great Pinot Noir to simply go by without some recognitions. This wine is simple, yet urban, smart and humble; sensible all at one time. I found this wine to have all of the essential components of a wondrous Russian River Valley wine. This wine has wondrous rose petal, cinnamon, cardamom, star fruit, and braised blackberry.

¡Salud!

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Anglim Paso Robles Roussanne – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Anglim Paso Robles Roussanne is a delightful Roussanne actually an amazing Roussanne. There are gorgeous notes that are exceedingly bold and intricate. This Roussanne gives Kaffir lime, Seville orange peel, honeysuckle, a sprinkle of cardamom and Kadota fig. This is a sophisticated and luxuriant wine and somehow in this chaotic world brings soothing notes along with excitement.

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Amici Cellars Mendocino Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I was a bit disappointed with this Pinot Noir–I expected a stronger bouquet not because of oak but from fruit Amici Cellars Mendocino Pinot Noir exhibited light red fruit, just picked raspberry, sun dried tomato, currant and forest floor.

¡Salud!

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