Monthly Archives: May 2007

Alta Cedra Mendoza Malbec – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I am in the constant search for the ultimate Malbec but to be fair I am searching for the most incredible wines that I have yet tasted. Wine is a great experience and I believe that I am always going … Continue reading

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Bodegas Riscal Castilla y Leon Tempranillo – 2004 – 8.6 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Bodegas Riscal Tempranillo is a standard bearer tempranillo. A good value and this presented with a cork! This wine presents bold rich peppers, anise, and deep roasted red fruit. Nice structure and on top of it a good value. A … Continue reading

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Vinicola Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo – 9.3 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

I don’t know if I have ever tasted a PX that I didn’t like; I am still up for that challenge.  Vinicola Hidalgo is a wondrous PX.  Super sticky and with a mouth suspension of this Sherry will promise absolute … Continue reading

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Bodegas Dios Baco Pedro Ximenez – 9.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have gotten in touch with one of my heritages and have fallen head over heals for one of the greatest wines on our planet. Sherry and Champagne are two very difficult wines to make but one I certainly could … Continue reading

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Palandri Western Australia Shiraz – 2001 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Shiraz was technically well made but just because a wine has it’s technical acumen in order; sometimes wine is about imagination and a longing that cannot be had by any other substance. I need a wine, a desire it … Continue reading

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Chapel Hills McLaren Vale Shiraz – 2001 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

Australian Shiraz are boldly different and often exciting than their brethren found elsewhere. This Shiraz exhibited generous and silken tannins, dried cherry, cedar, and eastern simmering spices. An enjoyable and suitable wine for a stand-alone drink or drink with food. … Continue reading

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Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir – 2004 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pinots, no matter where they come from, have two distinct possibilities 1) sublime (these are rare) and 2) disappointing. Pinot Noir is rarely in the middle and if it were I am not sure what they would taste like. But … Continue reading

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