Monthly Archives: 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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; … Continue reading

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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. *** ¡Salud! A … Continue reading

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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. *** ¡Salud! A plethora of wine … Continue reading

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