Monthly Archives: April 2009

James Cole Napa Valley Petit Verdot – 2006 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 100% Petit Verdot; this varietal is not often a wine of it’s own accord. This wine presents a highly bright acid; vivid herbaceous notes of lavender and Eucalyptus and baked blackberry. *** A plethora of wine reviews … Continue reading

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James Cole Napa Valley Chardonnay – 2006 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This is a focused and sterling Chardonnay with mild gold color; hues of honey, cantaloupe, almond and fennel.  More Burgundy than California; a sophisticated yet approachable Chardonnay. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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James Cole Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A bold structure and what holds the backbone of this wine is not the wood but a lattice and weave of tame dark fruit, pronounced ground simmering spices, earth, and leaves *** Now, more than 700 wine reviews. Read more … Continue reading

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James Cole Napa Valley Malbec – 2006 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

When one thinks Malbec Argentina comes to mind.  I have searched for an American equivalent in terms of quality not necessarily flavor profile and have for the most part been dissatisfied until now.   James Cole winery produces a wine that … Continue reading

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Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon – 9.0 – 1995 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Although the label says Cabernet Sauvignon this wine also contains Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot.  This wine needed and benefitted by being decanted.  Very tight and not immedately friendly on first sip.  The wine opened up in just … Continue reading

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Imagery Sunny Slope Sonoma Valley Merlot – 2001 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Deep blackberry, coffee, anise-black pepper, underbrush and truffle.  This wine is aging quite well and has retained it’s original brightness but has taken on it’s age in such a refined way. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions … Continue reading

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Rayun Rapel Valley Syrah – 2007 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I was excited to see the closure was a screw-cap much preferred to a  synthetic closure.  This wine exhibits cranberry, strawberry, toast, clove and fennel.  A very nice value–purchased at Bi-Rite in San Francisco for under $8.00. *** A plethora … Continue reading

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