Monthly Archives: October 2009

Grilos Vinho Tinto Red Blend Dao – 2006 – 8.6 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Aragonês (Tempranillo in Spain) and Alfrocheiro.  This is a bright wine from the Dao region.  13% alcohol and very inky and dark.  The initial taste is spice finishing with Boysenberry.  This wine … Continue reading

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Le Tristan Val de Loire Cabernet Franc – 2007 – 8.9 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This wine a component in the Bordeaux wine tradition does stand out on it’s own.  Like Malbec is not just a blending grape anymore it is also a bonafine varietal that deserves focus. This wine from the Val de Loire … Continue reading

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Infinitus Castilla Syrah – 2008 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine presents with 14% alcohol a bit higher than I would have expected but doesn’t drink too hot.  This wine presents with generous roasted red fruit – raspberry, blackberry, a scent of cedar and and finishing with a high … Continue reading

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Viu Manent Colchagua Valley Malbec – 2008 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

One does not always think of Malbec and Chile but this is a good example of how this varietal can be grown in Chile and can have a unique signature.  This wine is distinctly different than Mendoza Malbecs but easily … Continue reading

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Pey Marin Marin County Pinot Noir – 2006 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Most people don’t realize that on the way to wine country from San Francisco are passing a very little known wine producing county—one of California’s wealthiest.  But this makes sense considering it is perfectly cool and for a Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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Abrazo del Toro Garnacha Tempranillo Cariñena – 2008 – 8.6 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo–this wine has an intense red raspberry focus, robust acid structure, low alcohol of 13% and lighter than expected baking spice notes of cinnamon and cardamom. *** A plethora of wine reviews from … Continue reading

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Terra Savia Sanel Valley Vineyards Mendocino County Merlot – 2005 – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This bottle of wine was full of surprises.   First, I met the wine maker late last year and I really liked him–Jim Milone and his view of wine and wine making.  I enjoyed the suite of wines that I tasted.  … Continue reading

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