Category Archives: Pinot Noir

A Classe A Visit to Hall Napa Valley Winery – James Melendez

I rarely get the chance to focus on visiting and writing about one winery in Napa Valley or anywhere.  I am constantly asked for a top list of places to visit in Napa or Sonoma but the next natural question … Continue reading

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White Pinot Noir – A Rare Style – James Melendez

I love White Pinot Noir or Pinot Noir Blanc.  I am fascinating with this wine style… no I am obsessed with any of these wines that I can find.  There are so few examples in the world today. In my … Continue reading

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Carneros Pinot Revisited and Re-appreciated – James Melendez

  Carneros is a magical AVA that straddles both Napa and Sonoma Counties. Many of my earliest memories of visiting Napa Valley was going through Carneros. Carneros is a gateway to Napa Valley for many visitors—especially those coming from San … Continue reading

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Kelowna, British Columbia: A Delightful and ‘Must Visit’ Wine Country – James Melendez

Some wine countries are developed as you might expect–all the amenities and much more.  Other wine countries lack and ‘…only if they had more restaurants… more resorts, spas and stores.’  But each wine country is different and it would be … Continue reading

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Hawks View Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir – 2010 – 9.4 (94/100 Pts) – James Melendez

This is all estate fruit.  This wine spends 12 months in 33% new french oak, 40% once filled french oak and 27% neutral french oak. A signature of Hanzel, Wadensvil, and Dijon Clones. Scent of a Douglas fir forest, stone fruit orchard … Continue reading

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Bergström Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – 2011 – 9.3 – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

Dense, lush Pinot Noir, exhibiting a continuous and nuanced spice tone. Exhibiting characteristics of Marionberry, blueberry, hint of game, smoke, fennel, cardamom and rose petal. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the … Continue reading

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Bergström Dundee Hills Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.2 – James Melendez

Notes of lavender, fennel, dusting of chocolate, violets and tart cherry. ¡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 Meléndez … Continue reading

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