Category Archives: Napa Valley

Thoughts on 2017 October Fires in Northern California – James Melendez

I have been very saddened by the loss of life, the many acres of forest and vineyards burnt, and the many structures lost.   As of this writing 35 died, 5,700 structures lost and 182,000 acres burned in Solano, Butte, Napa, Sonoma, … Continue reading

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A Recent Tasting of Mondavi Wines – Summer 2017 – James Melendez

Surprisingly, I have not tasted Robert Mondavi wines in quite a while.  I had an opportunity to attend a pairing of Mondavi wines with food prepared by New York chef Theo Friedman.  The event which was at a private residence … Continue reading

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Rocca Grigsby Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.2 (92/100 Pts) – James Melendez

I have not had a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in some time.  A welcome relief to taste this beautiful wine. This wine is integrated, luxuriant texture, and complex.  Scent notes of bramble patch in summer’s afternoon heat, softened leather, freshly … Continue reading

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Castello di Amorosa La Castellana Napa Valley Red Wine – 2008 – 9.2 – James Meléndez

This Super Tuscan blend via Napa Valley is  66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 16% Sangiovese–the name La Castellana is the wife of the Lord & master of a castle. Scent of cedar wood pile, tangled wood, forest floor, dried … Continue reading

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Scott Harvey Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of early season red cherry, strawberry, Tahitian vanilla, and rose petal. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio … Continue reading

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Dancing Hares Vineyard Napa Valley Red Blend – 2008 – 9.1 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Varietals: 45% Cabernet 31% Cab Franc 20% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot Barrel: 85% New French Oak 20 months in the barrel Notes of tobacco, leather, blackberry, cassis, and deep rich pepper. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from … Continue reading

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Freemark Abbey Josephine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Lighter red; sharp, dry and focused. Notes of leather, fallen tree on ground, bright red cherry, anise, hint of vanilla and truffle. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of … Continue reading

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