Category Archives: Sonoma County

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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Harvest Lunch at Jordan Winery: A Cornucopia of Food and Wine Excellence

I remember a long time ago I saw a film about the winemaking tradition in Burgundy and the cornerstone of the harvest is the harvest lunch and how everyone is invited to the table for this treasured lunch. It is hard … Continue reading

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Pride Sonoma County Cabernet Franc – 2008 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

88% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 6% Cabernet Sauvignon Gently warmed cherry-plum, white mushroom, delicate touch of chocolate and Marjoram. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: … Continue reading

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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. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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Fischer Unity Red Wine – 2009 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Varietals: –     75% Cabernet Sauvignon –     11% Cabernet Franc –     9% Merlot –     2% Petit Verdot –     2% Syrah –     1% Malbec This wines juice comes from Napa County 76% and Sonoma County 24%.   Notes of black plum, black cherry, … Continue reading

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Petroni Rosso di Sonoma – 2007 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Varietals Syrah – 75% Sangiovese – 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – 5% Wild raspberry, hint of Montmorency cherry, violet, pepper and central American chile. *** ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Syrah – 2007 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James The Wine Guy

Focused notes of red fruit: raspberry and plum, dusting of chocolate and anise, a very slight touch of lavender.  Scent of pine cone and leather. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. … Continue reading

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