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Month August 2011

Praxis Russian River Valley Viognier – 2010 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Mineral driven; passionfruit, white tea, white fleshy peach and dash of pepper.

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Black Sears Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 2009 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Dense, rich and evocative—distinctive Mountain fruit; blackberry, Acai,  smoke, Crimini mushroom, freshly ground Cardamom and Madagascar Vanilla.

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Duarte-Georgetown Mountain Estate El Dorado Tempranillo 2007 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Well crafted—considerable finesse, very dry; amalgam of raspberry, strawberry, hint of Eucalyptus, and fennel.

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Praxis Central Coast Lagrein – 2007 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A rare grape in Italy; even more rare here.  Essence of wild strawberry, Acai, Thyme and  Mexican vanilla.

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Luis Ochoa Los Carneros Chardonnay – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of Granny Smith green apple, Adriatic fig and toasted almond.

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Paloma Napa Valley Merlot – 2009 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Defined and stylistically refined, dark and dense; blueberry, cassis, smoke and white truffle.

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Lavender Blue Paso Robles Viognier – 2010 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Dry—slight floral notes; Hibiscus, almond, yellow citrus zest and peel, and dash of sweet spice.

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Wine Videos… More to Come – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Wine videos are important and will become increasing important as more people turn to this media for discovery and answers for their many wine questions.  Similar to YouTube’s nearly exhaustive “how to’ solutions.   Which have been considerably helpful for me.

The wine category is what I like to say is amazingly complex and simple all at once.  Simple because wine is easy to enjoy and appreciate—there is need to science for enjoyment.  Wine is complex because of a myriad of characteristics, choices, circumstances and contingencies.  Layer that with wine brands and labels.   And this is prime for a need for solutions.

Just the number of produced varietals, blends, vintages and number of brands is staggering and I do believe people seek specific videos addressing a bottle that might have been given to them, how to select a bottle for Friday’s dinner, a wine tradition, wine brand and so fourth.

Given there are several video bloggers; there are many more still only in the written version.  Video bloggers just like their written counterparts (and sometimes participate in both formats) come from the same diverse walks of life; producers, restaurants, enthusiasts, distributors, importers, etc.  But given just the large number of labels how could one channel, person or even brand cover all brands?  The numbers are staggering—one statistic that I found notes that TTB was presented with 38,000 label applications versus the previous year of 32,000 (2009 v 2008); another statistic that TTB has over 100,000 applications per year but not all make of those approved make to the marketplace.  And how many wine labels exist in total?  At any given time not all wine labels are approved for all countries—a curious thing.  That while they can be imported for personal use—a label is inherently restricted until approved both by TTB and individual state in many circumstances.

But regardless of labels approved status or not—will not and should not prohibit video or blogging about specific wine labels.  The frontier of social media is opening up newer labels and older wine producing regions.

There is more to come and more to explore in this fascinating media—wine video’s like any other motion picture can give more colour and expression that the written word—non-verbal cues, accent, use of word, comfort with subject, pronunciation, knowledge and ease of delivery all help to build that social pizza connection and wine.  There is more to come—it is what I see as a natural evolution of wine and communication.

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Bura-Mrgudić Pelješac Galerija – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

 
This wine is 70% Plavac Mali,  25% Marsallane  and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

First the grapes; Plavac Mali is the off spring of Zinfandel (which in Croatian is known as Crljenak Kastelanski)  and Dobricic an ancient red wine grape; Plavac Mali primary red grape of the Dalmatian coast; the name is from the Croatian Plavo means blue and Mali means small; a small blue berry grape.  Marsallane  is a cross between Cabernet Sauvingnon and Grenache.

Notes of blueberry, raspberry, early season cherry, vanilla fennel, Thyme, and bitter chocolate.

Retail Price: $16.95

Importer: http://www.bluedanubewine.com/wine/275/

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Kachina North Coast Charbono – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I understand the grapes are from Calistoga and Mendocino.  Notes of smoked blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, slight chocolate and white pepper.

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