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Month January 2008

Read my California Food & Wine Blog – Land of Food and Wine – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

You can read additional food and wine blogs where I talk specifically about California food and wines.

Land of Food and Wine:

http://www.landofwineandfood.com/blog_jamesmelendez.aspx

Thanks,

James Meléndez
Jaime Patricio Meléndez
James the Wine Guy

¡Salud!

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2008 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a very dry Sauvignon Blanc; plenty of exotic notes; passion fruit, papaya, pineapple and gold kiwi; this wine is perfect for the most hearty of seafood dishes. A beautiful straw color is elegant and is as good as it tastes.

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¡Salud!

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Calcareous Vineyard Kate’s Vineyard Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2005 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Of the three Zinfandels from this vineyard – this being the youngest – I preferred the least but it may be that time improves each vintage.  2005 had a higher rating that did 2004 and 2003 had the highest rating.  This wine gives bramble, fall maple leaf, some nutmeg and an abundance of blackberry.

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Viu Manent Colchagua Valley Malbec – 2005 – 7.9 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Very disappointed with the synth cork which imparts an especially noticeable taste.  It took a while for the wine to recover from this shock; the wine with either a natural cork or screw cap would have shown through much more naturally and would have been a superb experience.   I am fascinated with Chilean Malbecs which often impart Eucalyptus; this wine not only had Eucalyptus it also exhibited Blackberry Coulis, Allspice, fresh sanded wood and forest floor.

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¡Salud!

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Grove Street Napa Valley Meritage – 8.2 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

I was excited when I saw this wine – I thought what a great value—Meritage…Napa Valley..$9.99….. later I noted that there was no vintage??? I went to Grover Street Winery’s website but there was no explanation. The wine was singular in dimension and the wine displayed few characteristics of a what I expect in a Meritage… namely structure. I did detect some fruit, there were very few spice or wood notes. I thought the wine needed a bit of time to open up; 30 minutes later it was the same experience.  I was disappointed.

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¡Salud!

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Costa del Sol Napa Valley Red Wine – 2004 – 8.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I looked at this bottle that I had been gifted; the back panel said it was produced by Benessere; but there was no information on it’s varietal breakdown. I went online, first to Benessere, but they made no mention of it. I went to a wine retailer but they called this a Meritage but they also cited it contained Sangiovese? Well is it really a Meritage? The label just says “red wine” if it was a Meritage it would have said so on the label.

The wine was overall disappointing; having very little structure; going from high fruit impact to heat and then a very weak finish. There was some white pepper, blackberry, and blueberry with a bit of baking spice.

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¡Salud!

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Duo Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 2004 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Duo Cabernet Sauviginon Merlot exhibits cherry, cranberry, cedar, and Indian simmering spices.  This wine has a nice structure and it is apparent this is a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend; beautiful ink color, and nice acid.  This bottle had a real cork—I don’t always expect this from this value oriented wine.

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¡Salud!

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Becker Vineyards Tallent Vineyards Texas Malbec – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Even though Becker Vineyards says that this Malbec is in the style of Mendoza Malbecs I do not think is a fair description.  I think Mendoza Malbecs have a unique and to not be copied style all due to that lovely Mendoza’s Andean Terroir.  This Malbec has a deeper red fruit component than it’s pepper-herbaceous quality that you might find much further south from here.  This Malbec exhibits vanilla, bramble, deep red fruit confit, and slight anise. Great with a steak or an afternoon glass of wine get together with friends. I think this wine shows Texas has promise for very good Malbecs to come.  Can’t wait to try more.  And I hope someday soon that this wine is more widely distributed; Becker Vineyards deserves more attention.

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¡Salud!

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James the Wine Guy Now Accepting Wines for Review – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I am now open for 2008 wine review period.

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Thank you,

James the Wine Guy

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¡Salud!

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Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Champagne Vintage – 2000 – 9.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A very effervescent wine; constant streaming of medium to small bubbling orbs; the wine presents with a straight-forward mineral, slightly toasted brioche, guava and citrus peel.

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¡Salud!

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2008 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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