Monthly Archives: September 2009

Albero Tempranillo Barrica – 2006 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine needed some oxygen to open it up—initial out of the bottle was a bit tight–some time in oxygen opened up this Tempranillo that exhibits notes of roasted blueberry–subtle spice of ground clove, black pepper, wood and field mushroom.   … Continue reading

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Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz – 2006 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

In one sitting, I enjoyed two vintages of Bin 28–ten years difference–one being 1996 and the other 2006.  The 1996 was a wine that time has made even better.  This wine classically exhibits bright red fruit of basted red plum … Continue reading

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Shannon Ridge Lake County Syrah – 2007 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine exhibits copious notes of raspberry, pepper, a slight hint of fresh garden herbs, and earthen notes of Fall.  Not as focused as I expected but a low entry price point does make for an early week red wine. … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Eight days ago I liked Gary Farrell’s Starr Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir but when compared and unfairly so this vineyard – Hallberg Vineyard is producing classic Russian River Pinot Noir; elegant and bold, refined and focused.  This wine is complex … Continue reading

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Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz – 1996 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A wine that has aged well; notes of subtle dark red fruit, noticeable soft spices of ground clove, field mushroom and moist wood.  I do think that this is getting near the end of it’s lifecycle.  I do have a … Continue reading

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Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz – 2006 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A well structured wine and I can imagine after a few years in will become it will become even more dynamic. This wine is bold but not overwhelming; wondrous herbaceous notes like Eucalyptus and fennel; roasted dark red fruit; black … Continue reading

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Gustave Lorentz Alsace Pinot Blanc Reserve – 2006 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

Wonderful acid base that envelopes pitted fruit characteristics with notes of white flowers, and the most mild spice signatures of ground cardamom and essence of vanilla. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more … Continue reading

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