January-February 2020 Wine Review – James Melendez

Here are wines that I tasted in January and February of the first two months of this new decade.

Also, I was delighted to have attended both Nebbiolo Prima and the Grandi Langhe in Alba, Italy and ZinEx (Zinfandel Experience) in San Francisco.  More exciting experiences to come in the next few months…. so stayed tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starmont Carneros Chardonnay 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wine presents with a nose of fresh granny smith apple, pear, almond and flowers.  The palate is presenting notes of pear, flowers and toasted almond.

****

Silverado Carneros Chardonnay 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nose of heirloom apple, pear and fresh flowers; palate of Comice pear, Granny Smith green apple, and hint of spice.

****

Walter Hansel Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Nose of fresh green apples, flowers, and beeswax; palate of passionfruit, green pear, almond and crushed oyster shell.

****

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Nose of red-black fruit, underbrush, suede, and dried violets; palate of Loch Ness blackberry, pepper, dried herbs and rose petal.

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nose of bright red fruit, freshly sanded wood, and fresh flowers.  Palate of early season red cherry, pepper, red pepper, and ground spice.

****

Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – SRP  – $11.99

 

 

 

 

 

Such a good value; this wine’s nose exhibits yellow-green citrus zest, oyster shell, and flowers; palate of Meyer lemon citrus, moist minerals, and fresh flowers.

****

Salute,

James

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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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