Category Archives: Pinot Noir

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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! http://www.jamesthewineguy.com *** 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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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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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. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 … Continue reading

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Von Holt Suacci Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Delicate and nuanced notes of  cherry, rose petals, white truffle and pepper.  Scent of lavender, cedar wood pile, and moist earth in an orchard. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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