Monthly Archives: October 2007

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Please check out my restaurant reviews:James the Restaurant Guyjamestherestaurantguy.wordpress.comGracias! *** ¡Salud! 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 … Continue reading

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Valentin Bianchi Particular Mendoza Merlot – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A polished and surprisingly delicious I do not think there is a lot of people who think of Argentina as a place for Merlot; but this wine will change your mind. It is cutting edge; remarkable notes: espresso, red plum, … Continue reading

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Chalone Vineyard Chalone Chardonnay – 2002 – 7.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A big disappointment was the synth cork. I served this chilled and upon tasting was not as appealing as when this wine started to warm up; an almost Sherry-like consistency; butterscotch, warm maple, freshly baked brioche. This wine, if selected, … Continue reading

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Valentin Bianchi Particular Mendoza Merlot – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I usually don’t think of Argentina as a producer of Merlots; Merlot is more commonly thought of in Northern terms – Calfornia and Bordeaux. This Merlot is not a common overly red berried wine; this is brethren to the highlands … Continue reading

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Luigi Bosca Mendoza Reserva Malbec – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Silky tannins match the beautiful acids—any easy match for any red meat or steak-like fish. From initial taste to finish this wine is complex and yet easily appreciated; plenty of wood notes; bramble, cedar to Piñon; chocolate ganache, Oaxacan simmering … Continue reading

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Luigi Bosca Mendoza Gala 2 Red Blend – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Luigi Bosca Mendoza Gala 2 is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot red wine blend. This is a rich, luxuriant wine that I found compelling as a wine to have with dinner but easily as a stand alone wine … Continue reading

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Havens Carneros Merlot – 2002 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

Merlot from Carneros…yes..it’s true. I am a fan of Merlots from Carneros and higher elevations in Napa. Merlot seems to be having a renaissance above the valley floor. This is a bold wine, gorgeous tannins, and splendid notes of blackberry … Continue reading

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