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Month 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 the finish was weak; the wine does not have the complexity one might expect. I had hoped an abundance of spice–Oaxacan simmering spices and blackberry and dark red berry confit. Instead some gentle mid-red fruit to a dusting of Cinnamon were the only highlights.

¡Salud!

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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; but I want more than just nice.  The wine exhibits bramble, hint of persimmon and clove.

¡Salud!

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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!

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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!

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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, New Zealand, Carneros and Central Coast.  Sonoma Coast is highly pronounced with gorgeous fruit equally balanced with spice and touched by the right amount of acid and of course it is vitreous.  This wine gave me an abundance of raspberry flambé, ground clove, ground red pepper, and the lauded rose petal.  A gorgeous Pinot Noir.

¡Salud!

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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.

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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.

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¡Salud!

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Quinta de Pancas Assemblage Estremadura Red Blend – 2003 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This dazzling Portuguese red wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional, and Merlot.  This wine exhibits sensual qualities of suede, forest floor, leaves, cedar box, flambé deep red fruit, and cardamom.

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Finca Antigua La Mancha Tempranillo – 2005 – 8.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Tempranillo is dry and imparts some raisin; this wine has some cinnamon and juniper but does not give the characteristic deep spice, pepper and seared red fruit.

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Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 Montillia-Moriles – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is Pedro Ximenez imparting gorgeous clover-lavender honey notes dusted with a baked apple and allspice and slight raisin on back end.

Purchased at The Wine Club San Francisco $17.99

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¡Salud!

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