Monthly Archives: November 2008

Brander Au Natural Santa Ynez Sauvignon Blanc – 2001 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A remarkable Sauvignon Blanc; a very complex and extremely interesting Sauvignon Blanc; bright, gorgeous, racy and absolutely distinct acids on finish; this wine gives a wide range of notes from Hibiscus, slight white pepper, Passionfruit and a delightful mineral back … Continue reading

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Leveroni Sonoma Valley Syrah – 2004 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is very well balanced; completely generous with acid and tannin; wonderful notes of Anise, Sage, blackberry and Eucalyptus.  This wine was only $9.99 at the Wine Club in SF–I should have bought a case.  A 9.0 for wine … Continue reading

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Wines for Thanksgiving 2008 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

I always begin the Thanksgiving Day with a wonderful bottle of Champagne or Sparkling wine; something fun, festive and delightful to usher in what is coming next.  I have included value priced wines that are not only within reach but … Continue reading

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Kaiken Mendoza Malbec – 2007 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Malbec a slight notch down from it’s previous vintage;  A firm and bold wine; luxuriant tannins; notes give plum, blueberry, ground clove, cardamom, chocolate, cinnamon and sandelwood. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the … Continue reading

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Etude Carneros Heirloom Carneros Pinot Noir – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Like the Heirloom tomato a complex and lovely fruit; complex on every level scents that are haunting; those scents are usually of the orchard; and for me a Plum orchard is positively thrilling in Fall time.  This is a scent … Continue reading

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Etude Sonoma Valley Merlot – 2005 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Technically this wine was well executed but emotionally my soul did not levitate to this wine; the wine was berry oriented but was not a complex wine that Merlot can be.  I was hopping for more spice, pepper, evocative wood … Continue reading

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Etude Carneros Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Etude’s Carneros Pinot Noir is reserved in this wine not a glossy, predictable Pinot Noir like many from Carneros which can be like cotton candy or overly reddened fruit; this Point Noir strikes an even balance between earthiness and a … Continue reading

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