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Month October 2008

James the Wine Guy Also Available on Facebook – Join Today – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I am also on Facebook–I have both an application and group.  Join me today in one or both of these communities and of course here at WordPress where I will always remain active.  WordPress is a true liberator of the full expression of voice!  A beautiful community!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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Root 1 Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 8.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a nice story of it’s roots.  The wine was not what I expected or perhaps had great expectations.  The wine presents with plenty of mid-red fruit-raspberry, red plum and strawberry very little balance of other notes; I was hoping for a nice spice or earth or other scent evoking images.  The wine is technically well made but it is a bit jammy.

¡Salud!

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Roussanne the Undiscovered Varietal from the Undiscovered Wine Country in the U.S. – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Roussanne is one of the most scintillating white wines available today. Highly aromatic and lovely notes that range from honeysuckle, truffle, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, Adriatic fig, rose petal, Fall forest, passion fruit, fleshy Comice pear and mineral. This Rhone varietal is now found in California, Washington, Australia and, of course, France.

Chardonnay is a pleasant monkey on everyone’s back; though Chardonnay is a respectable and, of course, the most popular white wine in the world and I doubt there is little danger this will loose it’s current popular poll position. But if there were more exploration in white wines I do think many people would find a most dynamic and exciting wine. This wine has a capacity that Chardonnay does not and it is one that is exciting to serve for a large variety of food and cuisines. Roussanne has been used as a blending grape–quite often with Marsanne and in my thoughts can easily stand on it’s own. The difficulty will be that grape growers won’t plant any more acreage until there is greater demand. The demand won’t happen until the wine are slightly less expensive.

Until the day there is lesser expensive Roussanne I completely adore Anglim’s Roussanne. Anglim, a Paso Robles wine maker, produces my favorite Roussanne. Anglim’s Roussanne gives a clear and focused wine that has exposure to stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. The wine is about fruit and that is what you taste—no components that build to become another wine but a true expression of the Roussanne grape.

Paso Robles is what I term the Undiscovered wine country; so I feel a certain affinity for this particular bottle of wine–an undiscovered varietal in an incredible and undiscovered wine country. If you see Anglim Roussanne on a wine list or a wine retailer–grab a bottle and great ready to enjoy a beautiful and lyrical wine.

¡Salud!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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James the Wine Guy Mission and Vision

James the Wine Guy believes that wine is for everyone and that a wine for you is awaiting.  The snobbery is over; snobbiness of wine is so dated and wine was never meant to be enjoyed by just a few people; but it is meant for all.  The wine world moves in mysterious ways but it is the mission and vision of James the Wine Guy to remove the mystery and to rev your engines to a world of enjoyment.  At day’s end we are meant to sit at the dinner table with our family and friends and enjoy the fruit of our hard earned bounty.  Food and wine seal the deal that life is to celebrate; celebration of the ordinary or the remarkable is a reason to raise our glass and cheer each day.  Life is to wondrous to not be enjoyed with glorious and wondrous wine and fine.

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Charamba Douro Red Wine Blend – 2004 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This red blend is composed of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional presents a very subtle yet compelling wine; a well balanced wine that does not lean toward too much red fruit or oak; the wine cascades between baked berried fruit, toast, ground clove and green herbaceous notes.  Low alcohol – 13% – makes for a very smooth and easy drinking wine.

¡Salud!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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Roussanne – the Other Great White Wine – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Chardonnay upstages all other white wines; I enjoy Chardonnay and there is a time and place for it; I enjoy the many different interpretation of Chardonnay but Roussanne is a proud varietal and one that in it’s native Rhone Valley is used as a blending grape with Marsanne which is unfortunate.  Roussanne’s give such a splendorous experience: white pepper, white peach, honeysuckle passionfruit, cardamom, Fall leaves, honeydew, and so fourth.  This wine cascades on the tongue imparting a goregous acid, fruit, spice and alcohol.  Rich and gorgeous and most importantly a beautiful romantic white wine.  Try it to see how satistfying this wine can be.

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Bink Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc – 2007 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a pure and delightful Sauvignon Blanc with a flavor profile evocative of Spring-Summer; plenty of golden Kiwi fruit, dusting of white pepper and white peach washed with plentiful acids.

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Bink Weir Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Pinot Noir is quite hot; lots of Guajillo chile, earthy-Fall leaves, and zesty sauce spices.  This Pinot Noir is 14.5% alcohol.

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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Bink Hawk’s Butte Yorkville Highlands Mendocino Syrah – 2006 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

I don’t normally think of Syrah and Mendocino in the same thought; this Syrah is a 14.1% alcohol packs a punch of Eucalyptus, Trumpet mushroom, chocolate and espresso.

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¡Salud!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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Anglim Paso Robles Roussanne – 2006 – 9.1 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

My favorite Roussanne in California; an abundance of racy acids interwoven with gorgeous the un-likely combination of pepper, kiwi and passionfruit; an amazing wine.

¡Salud!

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions 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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