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Month October 2007

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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, baked dark red fruit, nutmeg and cinnamon.

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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, should be served slightly chilled but not overly so.

Bottle #42656

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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 of Napa Valley and Carneros; beautiful notes: streamed mineral, boysenberry, freshly sanded wood, field mushroom, and cinnamon.

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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 spice, and dark bing cherry.

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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 or even as a wine to enjoy with chocolate.

This wine is abundant with Heirloom tomato, underbrush, ground clove, Criollo chocolate, and blueberry gelee.

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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 confit, cedar box, black Krim tomato, Porcini mushroom, and allspice.

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Filus Reserve Mendoza Malbec – 2005 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Filus Reserve Mendoza Malbec presents with a wide range of notes: Pinon de Nuevo Mexico, Mission Fig, Fall leaves, Acai, Anise, blackberry, Pasilla chile, and cardamom.

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Catena Alta Mendoza Malbec – 2004 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A very bold and emblematic Malbec from Catena.  An wonderful opus and truly noticeable Malbec from the Catena portfolio of wines; Toasted Nuevo Mexico Pinon, dried leaves, Crimini mushroom, Pasilla Chile and Cardamom.

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Millbrandt Vineyards Washington Merlot – 2005 – 7.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Millbrandt Vineyards Washington Merlot was terribly un-interesting. The wine was not corked it was just not noteworthy. I was disappointed and I always anticipate Washington reds are going to be at least memorable.  This certainly did not do it for me. I will keep moving forward witih drinking other labels from Washington.

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