Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Gris Estate Estate – 2006 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The quintessential Pinot Gris from Oregon; this is a sophisticated, luxuriant and delicate Pinot Gris; formidable in character and yet boldly confident.   The wine exhibits white rose, Passion fruit, gold Kiwi and Marcona almond.  A completely competent, solid and amazing … Continue reading

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Slow Food Nation Wine Pavilion – Ft. Mason, San Francisco – August 30, 2008 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Slow Food Nation reached out to the wine and spirits world for the tasting at Ft. Mason.  I went to the Sustainable wine bar upon doors open.  I was curious what was being presented and how it was being presented. … Continue reading

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Lan Rioja Crianza – 2004 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine gives a strong baked red apple profile intertwined with rich and bold black and red peppers with intermittent cinnamon and nutmeg.  A delicate tannic structure and abundant acid. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions … Continue reading

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Oxford Landing Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz South Australia – 2005 – 7.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Shiraz; the Shiraz unfortunately overwhelms and over powers the Cabernet Sauvignon paving the way for a overly dark red fruited wine; there is almost no complexity and the tannic structure weak and … Continue reading

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Castoro Cellars Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 8.8 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Paso Robles for me is a geographical marker for the center of Central Coast wines.  I am excited by many wines from Central Coast; may not have the polished Napa Valley feel but the quality of wines are getting better … Continue reading

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Portugal: The Undiscovered Wine Country – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Portugal strength in it’s namesake wine Port has made all of it’s other wines less than sought after—a second class citizen. That is very unfortunate because Portuguese non-fortified wines need to be discovered. There are so many Portuguese beauties out … Continue reading

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Skylark Mendocino Pinot Blanc – 2006 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

One doesn’t think of Pinot Blanc and Mendocino; I saw this on a wine list and had to try this with the seafood I ordered. This wine gives lime, orange zest, slivered almond, and green apple on finish. ¡Salud! *** … Continue reading

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