Monthly Archives: January 2007

Bodega Renacer Punto Final Mendoza Malbec 2005 – 7.5 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

My mouth was salivating upon first thirst. I had intuited what this Malbec was going to bring; I was anticipating the absolute delight that I was going to receive. I like everyone else give more reception to a label. This … Continue reading

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Emilio Lustau East India Solera – Palomino / Pedro Ximenez – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A brilliant sherry; not to far on either the dry or sweet spectrum; a bit more on the sweet than the dry. A perfect after dinner wine and the hint of pecan, maple syrup, and gravenstein apple make this a … Continue reading

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A Love For Malbec – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I recently read a blog saying that Malbec was a backup singer wine. There was a sketch depicting the flavor spectrum of Malbec and how this sketch showing a representation of a middle wine I am guessing was this person’s … Continue reading

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Kaiken Malbec Mendoza – 2004 – 8.8 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Slight pepper enhanced rather than deterred from the full flavor spectrum of Malbec. I experienced robust blueberry, toffee, bramble a dusting of cinnamon and Ecuadorean dark chocolate. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the … Continue reading

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Fonterutoli Chianti Classico – 2002 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A bold and confident Chianti deep and rich; baking cocoa; ripe raspberry, a slightly scented with exotic Eastern simmering spices.  A brilliant wine that extends from initial taste to finish and beyond. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from … Continue reading

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Mark West California Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I would buy Mark West Pinot and I used to buy it when the grapes were sourced from Russian River; now the bottle says the grapes are sourced California coastal regions. For me the Russian River bottle was quite superior … Continue reading

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Charamba Douro Vino Tinto – 2004 – 8.4 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This Portuguese vino tinto was a nice table wine that should be enjoyed with food.  The high acid content demands food and if you drink this as a stand alone might find it too tart. This pairs very well with … Continue reading

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