Family Winemakers of California Grand Tasting 2010 – James Melendez

Each year I anticipate each grand tasting of the Family Winemakers of California for many reasons; I love the discovery of new wineries and to be able to enjoy all varietals.  This year I was only able to attend the Monday event as each year I attend both Sunday and Monday.   So my reviews weigh heavily on red wines.  A great event and showing.  Napa Cabernet Sauvignons showing strongly along with the diverse Paso Robles and Central Coast regions.  A definitive event–here are the scores I gave each wine.

§       Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.4

§       Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – 9.3

§       Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley Flax Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.3

§       Maroon Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.3

§       Cartograph Sonoma Coast Pisces Pinot Noir 2008 –  9.3

§       Charnu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – 9.3

§       Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.3

§       Peter Paul Napa valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.2

§       Tayson Pierce Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006  – 9.2

§       Staglin Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon –  2006 – 9.2

§       Elizabeth Spencer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.2

§       Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – 2008  – 9.2

§       Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay – 2008 – 9.2

§       Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

§       Charter Oaks Mt Veeder Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.2

§       Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 –  9.2

§       Lone Madrone Paso Robles Tannat – 2005 – 9.2

§       Dragonette MJM Red Blend –  2007 – 9.2

§       Hestan Hestan Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.2

§       Hitching Post Fiddlestick Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.2

§       Hitching Post GENERATION RED Santa Barbara County  – 2007 – 9.2

§       Mayacamas Mt Veeder Merlot – 2005 – 9.2

§       Guilliams Spring Mountain District Merlot – 2005 – 9.2

§       Merry Edwards Coppersmith Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

§       Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

§       Maroon Yountviille Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.2

§       Maroon Maroon Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.2

§       Sycamore Monterey County Syrah 2008 – 9.2

§       Mercy Cedar Lane Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2

§       Tayson Pierce Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.1

§       Tayson Pierce Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007  – 9.1

§       Staglin Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay – 2008 – 9.1

§       Mercy Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

§       Martorana Dry Creek Valley  Merlot – 2006 – 9.1

§       Egret Sonoma Valley Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.1

§       Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc – 2009 – 9.1

§       Nickel & Nickel Vogt Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.1

§       Mitchella Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007  – 9.1 –

§       Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

§       Dragonnete Santa Ynez Valley Syrah – 2007 – 9.1

§       Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Petite Sirah – 2007 – 9.1

§       Charnu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – 9.1

§       Wallis Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.1

§       Ripken Lodi Malbec  – 2007 –  9.1

§       Hawley Oehlman Vineyard  Russian River Valley  Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

§       Hawley Ponzo Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.1

§       Sycamore Monterey County Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

§       Hawley Sonoma County Viognier – 2009 – 9.1

§       Heintz Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

§       Rosati Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.1

§       Guilliams Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 9.1

§       Hopper Creek Estate Napa Valley Merlot – 2006 – 9.1

§       Ispiri Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.1

§       Hawley Dry Creek Valley  Merlot-  2004 – 9.1

§       Heintz Sonoma Coast Late Harvest Chardonnay – 2006 – 9.1

§       Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 2004 – 9.1

§       M2 Trio Red Blend – 2007 – 9.0

§       M2 Row 23 Petite Sirah – 2007 – 9.0

§       M2 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 9.0

§       Dragonette Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hiills Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

§       Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvgignon  2007 9.0

§       York Creek Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 9.0

§       York Creek Spring Mountain District Petit Verdot – 2006 – 9.0

§       Wallis Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.0

§       Peter Paul Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 90

§       Vihuela Paso Robles Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 9.0 – 2007

§       Vihuela Paso Robles Syrah – 2004 – 9.0

§       Charter Oaks The Zin Mind Napa Valley 2008 9.0

§       Naumann Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot – 2007 – 9.0

§       Ceja Carneros Pinot Noir –  2007 – 9’0

§       Lone Madrone La Mezcla Roja – 2009 – 9.0

§       M2 Lodi Old Vine Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

§       Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007- 9.0

§       Olin Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.0

§       Orentano Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.0

§       Cavus Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.0

§       Stonehedge Napa Valley Merlot –  2007 – 9.0

§       Hawley Estate Hawley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.0

§       Hopper Creek Jonquil Vineyard Napa Valley Petite Sirah – 2006 – 9.0

§       Hitching Post Highliner Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.0

§       Heintz Sonoma Coast Syrah 2007 – 9.0

§       Jones Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.0

§       Joseph Family Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.0

§       Hitching Post Santa Barbara County Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

§       Cain Concept Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.0

§       Cain Five Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Red Blend – 2006 – 9.0

§       Ispiri Maylena Alexander Valley Red Blend – 2007 – 9.0

§       M2 Lodi Artist Series Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

§       Lone Madrone The Will Red Blend – 2007 – 8.9

§       Dragonette Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – 8.9

§       Martorana Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

§       Maroon Napa Valley Pinot Noir   – 2006 – 8.9

§       Ceja Carneros Chardonnay – 2008 – 8.9

§       Charter Oaks Monte Rosso Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

§       Naumann Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay – 2005 – 8.9

§       Niner Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

§       Clos Tita Gironde Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

§       Sycamore Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 8.9

§       Orentano Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 8.9

§       Ceja Vino De Casa Napa Valley White Blend – 2008 –  8.8

§       Mitchella Paso Robles  Shameless Red Blend – 2008 – 8.8

§       Mitchella  Paso Robles Shiraz – 2007 – 8.8

§       Ripken Lodi Petite Sirah – 2007 – 8.8

§       Ripken Lodi El Matador Tempranillo – 2006 – 8.8

§       Orentano Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 -8.8

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