Monthly Archives: November 2006

The Right Glass; the Right Wine – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The Right Glass; the Right Wine I was skeptical when I thought that a specific glass was meant for one possibly two varietals. It sounded too gimmicky; like something a manufacturer might do to sell more stemware. And after reading … Continue reading

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Aleph Mendoza Malbec – 2004 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Aleph makes an equally impressive Cabernet Sauvignon.  This Malbec was incredibly focused; this wine never strayed from initial nose to final finish. The finish for me is a truth teller: it tells me if it was a well crafted wine … Continue reading

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Navarro Correas Limited Release Mendoze Malbec – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Believe it or not there are some very mediocre Malbecs.  But this is not one of them.  Malbecs unless they are given the utmost in care may never reach their sterling heights.  Luckily this Bodega produces a deep and rich … Continue reading

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Oremus Tokaji LH – 2000 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is an outstanding value for Tokaji. You can rarely ever say Tokaji and value in the same context. Tokaji can be said to be the true nectar of the gods. It is sweet but not overly so; it is … Continue reading

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Viña Como Sur Chile Pinot Noir – 2006 – 7.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I am always looking for the next Pinot Noir; I am not married to the wondrous California Pinots or even New Zealand Pinots. I am specifically not married to high price low to mediocre quality.  I see a Pinot that … Continue reading

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Concannon Central Coast Petite Sirah – 2005 – 8.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Petite Sirah is one of those wines that can easily be a hit or miss. Most often is not the wine that I am going to seek out; rarely is it so. I find Petite Sirah highly inconsistent; sometimes the … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy – My Winery Rating System – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I am often asked about what wineries to visit when in one of many wine countries.  And that is an interesting question, a personal question about what one seeks from a winery experience. It’s like asking a most personal question … Continue reading

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