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Month September 2007

Anglim Fralich Vineyard Paso Robles Viognier – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

9.0

Anglim a winery with many wonderful wines based in Paso Robles.  I have tried many but not all of their wines and have enjoyed everything they produce.  Anglim is able to utilize grapes and make a unique signature to the varietals and it is a nice difference from brethren wines from up north.

This wine presents a gorgeous structure: honeysuckle, white rose, hazelnut, dried Turkish fig, and persimmon.

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Jackson-Triggs Niagara Peninsula Vidal Icewine – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A memorable Canadian ice wine and with a low alcohol content of 10.3% which is low for an after dinner wine. This wine exhibits New Mexico Pinon, truffle honey, guava, citron, and candied Valencia orange.

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Castle Rock Sonoma County Pinot Noir – 2006 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Value priced Pinot Noirs are nearly non-existent; sometimes I want a value priced Pinot Noir because it is a Monday and I have had a hard day at work and I don’t want to spend $40-50. In California, you will find the common appellation marked “California” which I have given up on and I would never recommend.   Pinot Noir is fussy and it needs a good birth place.  I found this Pinot Noir at the Wine Club–from a distance I thought it was the Monterey version; I have never seen their Russian River version but it is also suppose to be a good deal.

This wine presents a copious amount of blackberry, chocolate, anise, black Tellicherry and Sarawak black peppers.

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Malhadinha Nova Monte da Peceguina Alentejo – 2005 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The Iberian peninsula is one of the richest lands known for its glorious wines. Spain produces thoroughbred wines but so does Portugal. One of Portugal’s claim to fame Port has not help it’s case for being a place where stellar still wines are born. But Portugal should be recognized with wines that are world class.

This wine is one of them. This wine has the following grapes: 40% Aragones, 20% Alicante
Bouschet, 15% Touriga Nacional, 15% Syrah and 10% Alfrocheiro. This wine is beautifully structured; the oak does not over take each varietal but instead brings out each of the varietal grapes complexities Abundant fruit, spice: marjoram, ground clove, Brandywine tomato, Acai, Crimini mushroom, bramble, dried brush, leather, and black cherry.

An authentic expression of what wine is all about and this is one of them. With a smell and taste you will be convinced that Portuguese wines should be no one secret and be part of your wine regimen.

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Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Ahhh…. what a Greek beauty. This wine encompasses and encapsulates a gorgeous wine that if you served to your guests they would probably keep lifting their glass. Probably few would be asking about the wine label or even the varietal. This wine gives a unique flavour profile that you immediately know is not any other white. This wine imparts white peach, honeydew, white kiwi and a touch of ground clove. This is an exotic wine that deserves to be enjoyed frequently.

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Lustau Solera Reserve San Emilio Pedro Ximenez – 9.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I adore Pedro Ximenez sherry’s. Sherry’s are the gift that can only come from Espana; a gorgeous digestif. I would not characterize a Pedro Ximenez as an elegant, delicate wine; rather I would call it an honest homage to one of the great wine making traditions on the planet. It is a loving wine; one that imparts not just love but closeness, warmth and certainty. Powerful words? No it is an honest assessment of a wine that should get more accolades. I enjoy this wine with Marcona almonds.

The best way to enjoy a PX is to let the wine remain in your mouth for a while; suspend the enjoyment; enjoy each flavor that cascades one over the next and back again; there is consistency and boldness in this wine. This wine is beautifully viscous; this wine gives essence of chocolate ganache, truffled honey, Adriatic fig, toasted Brazil nut, and passion fruit confit.

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La Posta del Viñatero Pizzella Vineyard Mendoza Malbec – 2006 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A nice structure which shines on the spice. A plenitude of spice, wood and worn leather; cardamom, nutmeg, marjoram, boysenberry, and Comice pear.

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La Posta del Viñatero Cocina Blend – 2006 – 8.7 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This wine is 60% Malbec, 20% Bonarda and 20% Syrah. This wine gives a proverbial firework; each taste experience gives a bold and wine spectrum of flavour. I enjoyed the essence of brandywine tomato, grilled red plum, winter New Mexico Pinon fire, cardamom, passion fruit, and Rainier cherry. The barrels –only 20% new let this wine stand on it’s own; the varietal marriage works well here and is a delight to drink before, during or after dinner.

$13.99 (price at tasting) K&L Wine Merchants

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Bodega Renacer Punto Final Mendoza Malbec – 2006 – 7.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I took out a point because of the synth cork. I believe that the synth cork un-naturally interacts with the wine and touches the wine and creates a different profile than might present if there was a screw cap or natural cork. There was a considerable un-evenness in this wine; from what might be a decent wine it is hard to drive backwards and doing so as if you were going forward; it just doesn’t work. This wine presents with high mineral, mid-level acid; healthy tannins and a plenty of just pick red plums.

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Dominio del Plata Ben Marco Mendoza Malbec – 2005 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A familiar label in the Malbec world; I was disappointed by the weak finish; the initial and what I call the mid-point taste were good.  This wine presents with an abundance of pepper: White Muntok, Sarawak Black and Malabar pepper, allspice, anise, New Mexican Pinon, blackberry and leather.

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