Monthly Archives: February 2007

Viña Gormaz Tempranillo Ribera del Duero – 2005 – 7.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A well balanced tempranillo; a drier tempranillo with some scents of spice and some deep red fruit like plum. My only issue with this bottle is that it could be better than what I had at sampling. This wine has … Continue reading

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Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Rapel Valley Syrah – 2002 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have forgotten about Chile for red wine. I have tried so many and have been so disappointed. I have thought of Chile as a nation-state for white white. This is a brilliant Syrah; dense, rich, silky, packed with dark … Continue reading

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Boekenhoutskloop Porcupine Ridge South Africa WO Coastal Syrah – 2005 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a reasonable priced Syrah. This Syrah exhibits a lot of pepper on initial taste and finish. This Syrah is too pepper focused and it the fruit is second fiddle here. The warm peppers are wonderful and I look … Continue reading

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Kaiken Ultra Mendoza Malbec – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Kaiken Ultra Malbec is a dense rich and supple Malbec; Kaiken’s non-Ultra Malbec is good this is even more delightful. The success of any Malbec is in it’s ability to be a high pepper, herbaceous balancing equally bright pulsing fruit. … Continue reading

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Bartholomew Park Sonoma Chardonnay Estate Vineyard 2002 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A wonderful winery to visit; in fact one day looking for another winery in Sonoma I ran into the beautiful Bartholomew Park Winery. The vineyard houses the homestead’s founder’s personal home. Now a museum you can enjoy what it must … Continue reading

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