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Month June 2007

Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir presents rose, white pepper, anise, fresh sanded wood; a nice stand alone but this is a very food friendly Pinot Noir.

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Arista Mononi Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Silky and well structured; you know this is a California Pinot Noir but this Pinot; there is something special about coolness and Pinot; the mysteries of Pinot deepen and once again one cannot help but fall head over heals for this mystical experience.

Arista Mononi produces a rich, lush, and gorgeous jewel hues; I like Pinots to have vitreous quality; this way you can usher in what the senses will experience.

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Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz – 2005 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Shiraz is bold and confident; I like Shiraz to taste like wine not like a raspberry spritzer. This Shiraz gives generous amounts of fruit: deep red, boysenberry, blackberry and spice: allspice. The boldness stands up to a generous piece of beef but can easily be paired for lamb.

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Wirra Wirra RSW McLaren Vale Shiraz – 2001 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Wirra Wirra RSW McLaren Vale Shiraz presents fruit balanced, roasted red berries, slight cinnamon, cardamom, basil and black pepper.

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Alta Vista Premium Malbec Mendoza – 2004 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Alta Vista Premium Malbec 2004 presents with an amazing heat; not from Alcohol but from a serious red pepper, Oaxacan simmering peppers, mint, eucalyptus, cedar and worn leather. The taste is complete from initial sip to finish. Can stand alone but with a choice piece of beef this would be even better.

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Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Blend – 2004 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A lovely South African red blend – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot; a lively blend of poached red fruit, slight cardamom, and cedar with polished mineral finish.

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Sones Cellars Central Coast Petite Sirah – 2003 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A reasonable and approachable Petite Sirah. Sometimes a Petite Sirah can be so off putting that I nearly always question a Petite Sirah at hand. But this is a lovely Petite Sirah that gave an equal portion of fruit and Oaxacan cooking spices and this wine is a wondrous match for chocolate. I recently enjoyed this wine at Yield Wine Bar in San Francisco.

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A Comment On My Wine Rating System – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I take my ratings seriously and take a judicious view of my wine ratings and each bottle I review.

My ratings reflect a realistic view of wine.  Not all wines are equal.  If they were we would most likely have many fewer labels.  There is a sense that wine “A” is better than wine “B” or vice versa.  There is a need to distinguish between bottles of the same varietal or category.

A rating system is helpful to discover wines that are both well produced and have an outstanding vintage as well as a way to compare prices between wine of the same varietal, vintage and appellation.   This can be a way to select the desired wine as well as to discover outstanding wines.

I believe my wine ratings be judicious and conservative.  Conservative in the sense that I do not penalize a wine varietal, appellation or wine making tradition on an absolute level and in fact probably can bring consistency across the board by understanding those differences.

I do not review a wine in terms of a favored style as that would give unfavorable and unrealistic ratings for the wines that I do review.  I balance out the review by looking at the varietal, blend, appellation, style and vintage as a set of facts unto themselves.  Hence each wine is certainly rated on it’s own merit.

I decided some time ago to use a 10 point scale to distinguish from the 100 point scale– and in doing so was a point of departure and it was also to not confuse readers that if I used the 100 point scale.  That there might have been a thought that a 92 rating would be equivalent to another wine reviewers number.

A wine rating can only have integrity if it is utilized with respect and a conservative approach.  And the wine reviewer must be careful and conservative when  utilizing their own system.  After all the goal is to give bonafide scores based on merit and to preserve the overall view of the rating on an ongoing basis.

My rating system being a 10.0 scale can be seen in the logarithmic sense.  The majority of my published reviews are in the 8.5 to 9.6 range.  Each decimal point going towards 10.0 is increasingly difficult to achieve and hence there are fewer each decimal point.  I have only to date rated one wine 9.6.  And over time, I am estimated this number will increase but only rarely.  There are 9.7 to 10.0 wines to come.

I have seen a number of review systems that have a high placement of very high ratings–in a sense not every wine is a 100 or 10.0 and in fact those are extraordinary and quite rare wines.  My review system should not be reviewed in the school grading system either.  And as example– a 9.5 is not simply a review between 9.4 and 9.6 rather it is on a logarithmic distance between each number.

I also don’t assign points for qualities such as alcohol, acid, aroma, flavor, etc. because an over emphasis in this scenario is too rigid and would perhaps punish one wine in one appellation or perhaps be judged on the merits of another instead of it’s own right.

I believe that my system has been consistent over time and the distribution of wine reviews has and will continue to demonstrate that integrity.

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Doña Paula Lujan de Cuyo Malbec – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I don’t often see Doña Paula wines often. I had not even had a bottle before this rare moment I picked up and drank it with a nice ribeye dinner. Doña Paula’s Lujan de Cuyo Malbec drank quite well. It was a well balanced wine with a noticeable oak finish but the fruit and spice were equally present. This wine had an abundance of dark chocolate, cinnamon, dry brush, pimento, streamed mineral and white pepper; a lovely wine with or without food.

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