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Month May 2009

Santa Ynez Valley Winery Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I got this bottle as a test – after all how good could a $8.99 bottle of Cabernet Franc be?  I was regretting my purchase before opening the bottle—I thought this is too high for what I expected to be a sub-mediocre to terrible wine—though still hoping. Opening the capsule I see and disappointing so there is a synthetic cork (but I most continue).  This wine from initial sip to finish is quite good; spectacular in fact.  I did deduct points from the score as i do with all wines with a synthetic cork–but I have never given an 8.8 and I would imagine this a higher score with either a natural cork or screwcap.

The wine is generous with acid and low in alcohol 13%–there is a slight heat but that is from the flavor profile.  Gorgeous notes of roasted blueberry, field mushroom, chile Poblano, allspice, ground clove, an ever so small hint of Tamarind—the finish of all flavor profiles lingers gently.  A great find—I am going back for more–a first for me–I have never repurchased a bottle of wine with a synthetic cork.

Cabernet Franc the undiscovered varietal and this is the one to discover, open up and enjoy.

Purchased at Trader Joes $8.99

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Longboard Russian River Valley Syrah – 2005 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A nicely weighted wine; deep dark garnet, beautiful herbaceous notes; baked plum, and chile Pequin.

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D.H. Gustafson Dry Creek Mountain Vineyard Syrah – 2007 – 8.7 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Fruit forward; raspberry, blueberry; mid-summer herbs, and allspice-cinnamon.

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D.H. Gustafson Dry Creek Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah – 2006 – 8.7 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This wine exhibits black peppers, forward acids, medium body and formidable tannin with accents of roasted red pepper, Porcini mushroom and essence of Piñon.

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Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Syrah – 2004 – 8.9- James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Gorgeous deep ruby-garnet fruit; roasted Boysenberry accented with wood, crushed allspice and fennel.

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Chateau Ste Michelle Ethos Columbia Valley Syrah – 2005 – 8.7 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

A high acid Syrah slightly vitreous wine exhibiting the following notes: winter baking spices, roasted red plum, Royal Gala apple, and cedar.

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Drappier Blanc de Blanc Cuvée Signature NV – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A delightful Blanc de Blancs with a full spectrum of freshly baked bread, Meyer lemon zest, almond, and passionfruit.

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Owl Ridge Bridgen Vineyard Sonoma County – 2003 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine presents with the following notes: fennel, Eucalyptus, crushed almond, and Boysenberry Coulis.

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Salvestrin Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2004 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine gives the following notes: scented hickory wood, game, chocolate and blackberry.

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Kuleto Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of violets, winter fruit: Comice Pear and red apple, fall Leaves and smoked wood.

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