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Month April 2007

Two Tone Farm California Chardonnay – 2004 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I get frightened when I see just “California” as the source of juice in any wine bottle. For me it is watered convenience for the maker; I always think of this as a profit motive only; and when I think of that I think quality too is watered down. I am hard on California-designate wines. I want a specific appellation and I think it matters as much as breathing. I have time and again picked up a California Pinot and each time I am wounded. The taste like vinegar. This chardonnay is a nice every day drinking wine. I was not offended as I expected to be. The screw cap and art work certainly are appealing. One thinks that the contents will be good; and in this case that is not a bad assumption. This is a good chardonnay but will not keep you up late at night. Evened oak; simmered green apple, scented Eastern sweet spice.

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Barlow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2000 – 9.4 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy / James the Wine Guy

A friend was gracious enough to give me a bottle of wine but instead didn’t give me not just any bottle of wine; she gave me an extraordinary bottle. Barlow is not infamous like many other Napa Cabernets. Big name cost a lot for marginal, sometimes sub-marginal and sometimes toe curling over the top. But you never know vintage to vintage what the what will culminate and worse you will have paid a handsome sum. This Cabernet was a toe curler; it was a bitter-sweet tasting. I wish I had another case of this; the final moment my tongue had the last drop delivered was something that photography can never capture; the sacred spice, the bold tannins, and by the way this wine did not require decanting; it opened amazingly well and over time started from great to brilliant. I love the cedar, bramble, cassis, brandywine tomato tossed with nutmeg, truffle, and leather.

I cannot wait to get my hands on other vintages.

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2007 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Nieto Senetiner Reserva Mendoza Malbec – 2004 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This bottle and I do not recall the exact price; but I do recall it was a great value. I was sceptical thinking that there must be a synth cork it is silhoutte. I was pleasantly surprised to note there was no such thing. This wine was present and accounted for and was not too high in pepper and just the right dash of wondrous eastern simmer spice it also contained bold and deep rich berries; cedar, leather, a lush blueberry; this was a wonderful wine that I will go back and find many more of these bottles–to enjoy time and time again. The consistencies from nose to taste is everlasting… like fine chocolate is lingers and satisfies. Amazing value!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2007 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza – 2004 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Kaiken produces high quality wines; Kaiken from Argentina also produces the obligatory Malbec… And I don’t mean that in a negative maner. Kaiken’s Malbec is far more compelling; this Cabernet Sauvignon is a delight but it is not impactful or memorable. It does not give me that blissful experience that I expect from Cabernet. Slight pepper, subdued cedar, slight raspberry. Before enjoying this bottle of wine try their Ultra Malbec first.

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2007 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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