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Month November 2011

Cornerstone Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – 2010 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A wonderful acid structure; bright and slightly tart; notes of mid eastern green citrus zest, Brazil nut, smoked fennel and green apple.

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Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Clones: 115, Pommard

Notes of delicate rose petal, Montmorency cherry, hint of white mushroom, pepper and smoke.

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Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc – 2009 – 9.1- James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Deep dark cherry notes; accented with a hint of bramble fruit characteristics, white pepper, truffle and hint of light dark chocolate and violets.

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Robert Biale Grande Vineyard Oak Knoll District Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pronounced notes of blueberry, smoke, vanilla bean, freshly ground Cardamom, white pepper, and clove; scent of pink rose petals, underbrush and suede.

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Robert Biale Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

An array of wild blackberry and cassis fruit, hint of freshly roasted pine nut, hint of lavender and chile Guajillo.

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Robert Biale Black Chicken Oak Knoll District Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.2- James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A symbol for Robert Biale wines and a sign post at the winery.  Notes of Montmorency cherry confit, Mexican vanilla, red sweet peppers, and Malabar pepper.

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare – 2002 – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pinot Noir – 35%

Chardonnay – 65%

Highly developed; lively and yet boldly fresh; complex and extremely subtle notes.

Passion fruit, Kaffir lime, blood orange zest, Brioche and fresh almonds.

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Trefthen Family Oak Knoll Merlot – 2007 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James The Wine Guy

Varietals:

91% Merlot

9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry, Chile Pequin, sage and baking spices,

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Pride Mountain Vineyards Napa Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Varietals:

82% Cabernet Sauvignon

12% Merlot

6% Petit Verdot

 

Notes of just harvested sun-warmed blueberries, blackberry, sweet spices, truffle and hint of chocolate.

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PlumpJack Napa Valley Syrah – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

 Nice and weighty tannins—raspberry-blackberry Coulis, smoke, truffle, chocolate and violets.

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