Monthly Archives: December 2007

Cruz Alta Reserve Mendoza Malbec – 2005 – 8.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I finally found a bottle of Cruz Alta at Specs in Austin. This wine promises much on first inspection–dark, inky and upon first scent the nose was a powerful Malbec. This Malbec gave a power beginning and middle taste yet … Continue reading

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Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Belle Glos has a beautiful bottle and expectations are always on high alert.  Upon seeing the bottle I have a set expectation on how spectacular this wine will be.  But that is where the comparison ends.  The wine is nice; … Continue reading

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Hartford Court Land’s Edge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A lovely Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast showcase of Hartford Courts wines.  A pleasing Pinot with bold structure encompassing wild strawberry, rose bouquet, and baking spices. ¡Salud! A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. … Continue reading

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Hartford Court Fog Dance Vineyard Sonoma County – Green Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Not my favourite Hartford Court Pinot Noir but still enjoyable. Love the vineyard name– what evocation.  Abundant acid; less vitreous than it’s Sonoma Coast Pinots.  This wine has characteristics of field mushroom, cherry, fallen leaves, and roasted red plum. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

J’adore Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs.  Sonoma Coast is one of the most vivid and haunting of all Pinot Noirs (well that is next to Burgundy—but nothing compares to Burgundy).  Sonoma Coast is original and distinctive from Pinot Noir in Oregon, … Continue reading

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Frogmore Creek Tasmania Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I don’t usually think of Tasmania and Pinot Noir and, in fact, I don’t think of Australia at all when it comes to Pinot Noir.  This Pinot Noir gives just picked cherry, cranberry, leather, cinnamon and cinnamon. *** ¡Salud! A … Continue reading

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Scherrer Fort Ross High Slopes Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Scherrer Fort Ross High Slopes Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2004 is tightly focused with rose petal, a hint of allspice, Malabar pepper, and Morel mushroom. *** ¡Salud! A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read … Continue reading

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