Monthly Archives: September 2008

Bodega Catena Mendoza Malbec – 2006 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A high acid Malbec which profoundly changes the usual Malbec that you might expect; still spicy- black pepper, roasted red pepper, and Tandoori spices. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more … Continue reading

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Koutsoyiannopoulos Santorini Assyrtico – 2007 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A refreshing and wondrous Assyrtico; splendid almond, biscotti, cinnamon and a slight amount of nutmeg; a great wine with shell fish or as a stand-alone. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read … Continue reading

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Ridge Sonoma Llewelyn Zinfandel – 2000 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 77% Zinfandel and 23% Carignane; 15.2% alcohol; this wine was still quite bold with a formidable back structure of wood, raspberry, diminishing raisin and a lot cooler than I expected considering alcohol at 15.2%.  I am glad … Continue reading

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Tierra Prometida Mendoza Malbec – 2006 – 7.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A trend continues to take hold; the synth cork; two wines from Argentina in a row.  I was so looking forward to this bottle; a beautiful label and name.  The synth cork continues to diminish what could a very nice … Continue reading

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Paris Goulart Mendoza Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 7.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Beyond my initial disappointment with a synth cork, I found this bottle of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon an uncertain blend that does not have any focus of either berry, spice or wood; the finish was weak. ¡Salud! *** A plethora … Continue reading

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Malbec – Argentina’s Phenomenal Star: Rise and Rising – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

There is no wine that is as near and dear as Malbec.  Although there are a few who think Malbec is too hot, too spicy, too peppery or even strong on the start but quickly fade.  But there is a … Continue reading

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Ft. Ross Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Symposium – 2006 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A lesser bold Pinot Noir than I expected from Ft. Ross; some rose petal, freshly sanded wood; slight pepper and earth. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine … Continue reading

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