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Month 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!

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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!

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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 I didn’t wait another year to drink as I think this was slightly post-prime.

¡Salud!

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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 wine to a wine that has a finish that imparts it’s synthetic closure.

The wine presents baked red plum, allspice, and some mushroom qualities.  Overall, the wine had promise but the synth cork did alter the taste.

¡Salud!

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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!

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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 legion of people who do fall in love with this dense inky wine.  This wine will be sure you remember it overnight; you will be guaranteed a deep red tongue.  Such a small price for to pay for a brilliant imbibe.  And on the subject of ‘small price’ the quality and value you get form each bottle of Malbec is outstanding.  It may be that the U.S. dollar is relatively weak against most major currencies: Euro; Australian and New Zealand Dollar but the Argentinean Peso has not had the same appreciation of its currency.  But value is much more than just what is the price per bottle proposition, value stretches further by having a compelling wine and to be able to enjoy it more frequently that lends this big bold red wine to an excelsior status.  Most people do not consider a $25 and above bottle an every day wine; Many Malbec are less than this and it brings excitement and allows you to enjoying wine more often.  Red wine is shrouded, clouded in mystery; there are assumption and misconceptions but more often than not Malbec is easy to fall in love with; like it’s more popular and mythologized cousin—Pinot Noir is seen as the most valiant and aromatic and sensual of all still wines.   Wine critic Jancis Robinson said recently that “Even Malbecs want to be Pinot Noir Nowadays” (May 12, 2007).  And Dr. Vino, a wine blogger wrote a headline “Malbec, a backup or a star?”  Dr. Vino says that the wine packs a punch on initial taste but quickly trails off in mid-taste and finish.  While this may be an amusing headline Malbec has captivating qualities that will keep many people coming back for more.   Malbec has many of the essential elements; heavier than it’s rival Pinot Noir, gorgeous, velvety tannins, and the flavor profiles range from dark baked red berry, blueberry, açai, smoke, cinnamon, Asian simmering spices, cedar, wood, eucalyptus, chocolate, bramble, white to red to black pepper.
Malbec, a minor grape in France, a blending grape in Bordeaux and also used in Cahors, France.  Malbec found an outstanding home in Argentina.  The Malbec grape from Argentina is a remarkable compared to it’s French cousin.  There is no poor country cousin status to Malbec in Mendoza, Argentina.  Mendoza with it’s view of the Andes Mountains is far from a coastal weather influence, is high elevation, has dry hot summers, infrequent rain, and permeable soil which contribute to making Malbec and Mendoza a synonymous for optimum wine grape growing region.  Argentineans enjoy their beef—the highest per capita consumption and in the top ten of per capita wine consumption.  Beef never had such an ideal wine or is it the other way around?
While there is much hurrah for Pinot Noir; Malbec is reasonable to explore your favorite Malbec; while many have characteristics as mentioned above each Malbec has it unique identity.

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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!

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Cristom Vineyard Willamette Valley Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.0 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir filled with delicate smoke, white truffle, black pepper, Turkish fig and abundant earth and brush and Fall’s leaves.  Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs are a league of their own and are not comparable with other Pinot Noirs in the U.S.

¡Salud!

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Vistalba Corte C Mendoza Red Blend – 2005 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a Malbec-Merlot blend; more heavily weighted to Merlot; both varietals worked harmoniously with each other.  Once the wine received some oxygen it came alive; enlivened a deeply wondrous wine; beautiful tannins and acid; beautiful dark black fruit and amazing Oaxacan spice will be an exciting wine for your Saturday dinner.  Rich yet sophisticated, a very nice wine.

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Maipe Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 7.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Maipe might be a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon if the producer did not use a synthetic cork.  The cork was especially pronounced and in particular noted on the finish.

¡Salud!

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