Monthly Archives: January 2009

Pierre Sparr Alsace Pinot Blanc – 2006 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a splendid Pinot Blanc; a wine that has a stake in the acid, alcohol and fruit camps equally.  The acids are bracing and abundant; this wine gives a great diversity of notes: truffled honey, white nectarine, tart apple, … Continue reading

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Maison Angelot Bugey Mondeuse – 2007 – 8.3 -James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Closure on this bottle is synthetic (points deducted); I was disappointed; and in spite of this closure the wine did well—imagine this wine with a natural cork. This is a varietal that we hardly see.  The Mondeuse presents a unique … Continue reading

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Fontanafredda Briccotondo Piemonte Barbera – 2007 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Barbera is quite dry presents with considerable and bold acid; Boysenberry, vanilla, pine and cedar forest, underbrush, plum confit, and ground mace.  A lovely wine that is nice with food and equally nice as a stand alone wine. Purchased … Continue reading

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Alamos Mendoza Viognier – 2007 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Viognier possess abundant citrus notes: grapefruit zest, Meyer lemon, pineapple, almonds and white flower notes.   This is satisfying wine (not my dream Viognier) but for $7.99 you can’t go wrong.  Purchased at KL Wines San Francisco (klwines.com) $7.99–a steal. … Continue reading

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Closures; Don’t Count Cork Out – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Published today in Wines & Vines is an article citing that cork closure creates less pollution than any other closure type including screwcap.  Cork led in six of seven categories; and the categories are: 1) Energy consumption 2) Water consumption … Continue reading

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Time to Celebrate – Inaugural Wines – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I know a few people who plan to open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate Barack Obama’s Presidential inauguration during the broadcast—for the West Coast that begins at 8:00 am and the East Coast that is 11:00 am.  What ever … Continue reading

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Maipe Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 8.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine presents with a multitude of blueberry confit,; underbrush, sage, fennel and Malabar pepper; disappointed this has a synthetic closure–I taste this immediately on first taste. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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