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Month September 2011

Fischer Unity Red Wine – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Varietals:

–     75% Cabernet Sauvignon

–     11% Cabernet Franc

–     9% Merlot

–     2% Petit Verdot

–     2% Syrah

–     1% Malbec

This wines juice comes from Napa County 76% and Sonoma County 24%.   Notes of black plum, black cherry, bramble fruit, sweet spices, mushroom and smoked chiles.  Scent of cedar, underbrush and Allspice.

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Kachina Russian River Valley Chardonnay – 2009 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Fleshy seared white pear, orange citrus zest, sesame, cardamom and dash of white pepper.

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Amista Morningside Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay – 2008 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Essence of late autumn Comice pear, sliced red apple, cinnamon, white pepper and Hibiscus.

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Monşer Dobrogea Fetească Neagră – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Fetească Neagră is an indigenous grape to Romania,  There is no known lineage to other wine grapes at this point.  Very unique and markedly distinctive.  High acid, low alcohol.

There is no known lineage to other wine grapes at this point.  Very unique and markedly distrinctive.  High acid, low alcohol.

Notes of currant-strawberry-Boysenberry, Thyme-Marjoram, and vanilla.

Scent of rose petals, cedar and chocolate mint.¡Salud!

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Romanian Wines – Four Thousand Years in the Making – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Romania is the 7th largest wine producer in Europe and 11th in the world.  There are approximately 195,000 hectares / 481,000 acres planted.   Romania has a rich tradition of viniculture for over 4 millennia–few nation-states can say the same.  According to legend the Greek God Dionysus was born in Dobrogea – southeast Romania.Romania is in similar latitude bands as France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Austria.  Generally northern Romania there are primarily white wine grapes grown in this area; central Romania has a mix of both red and white and south Romania is predominately red wine grapes.  Romania is a land of higher elevation and has a continental climate–there are sea influences from the Black Sea.Romania produces both indigenous grapes:  Fetească Albă,  Fetească Regală, Fetească Neagră, Băbească Neagră as well as international varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Romania has numerous large wine areas:

1) Maramures & Crisana – West and North
2) Banat – Southwest
3) Transylvania – Central Romania
4) Oltenia & Muntenia – South
5) Dobrogrea – East and on the Black Sea
6) Moldova – North east

And encompassing smaller wine districts inside each larger wine region.  Romania’s lineage is certainly ancient and new.  But few have 4 thousand years of history but Romania like most other wine producing nations has newness as well.  A sense of finding it’s consumer base, refining it’s wines, training native Romanians to go abroad and bring back knowledge to produce high quality and impressionable wines.

Romania has had an uninterrupted wine history despite many historical interruptions.  I think many people are relying too heavily on the past communist era as significant and interfering with wine production–and despite these years of collective farming –wine was still being produced.  A larger picture is the framework and heritage that is Romanian wines–that is a significant picture.   And we are more than a generation away from the communist regime–the Romanian wine industry is geared to have many glasses to fill.  Romanian wine production is far too large to not have a larger distribution trajectory. And the world is awaiting to taste Romania’s wines.

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Yoakim Bridge Dry Creek Valley Gallaway Vineyard Merlot – 9.0 – 2006 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Blackberry, Acai Confit, Cardamom, smoke and delicate dash of chocolate dust.

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Yoakim Bridge Dry Creek Vineyard Estate Zinfandel – 9.0 – 2008 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Red cherry-raspberry, dusting of roasted spices, and hint of white mushroom.
A beautiful winery and quaint tasting room.  When I visited I enjoyed a meatball that had been made with a Zinfandel sauce–very delicious!

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The Terraces Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Red cherry-currant-blackberry, Thyme, vanilla, Cardamom and Crimini mushroom.

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Violet Green Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Cabernet Franc – 2007 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Smoked cherry-raspberry, vanilla, truffle, Crimini mushroom and hint of savory spices.

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Von Holt Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Rose petals, roasted cranberry-tart cherry, fennel and sweet spices.

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