First Half 2011 – 50 Wines Report – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Last year for my first half year blog entry;I only highlighted 20 versus this year’s 50 wines.  I aphabetised this list so that it was not highlighting scores alone.  Each of these wines represent something like a Mendocino County Negroamaro which is something quite unique.  This list is also not simply a list of top 50 scores but wines that truly do stand on it’s own.

  1. Andrew Murray Terra Bella Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache – 2008 – 9.1
  2. Batič Viapava Valley Valentino Rosso – 9.4
  3. Benessere Estate Napa Valley Sangiovese – 2007 – 9.1
  4. Bodega Bouza Canelones Tannat – 2008 – 9.0
  5. Bodega Pazos del Rey Monterrei Sila Mencia – 2009 – 9.1
  6. Breggo Anderson Valley Pinot Gris – 2009 – 9.0
  7. Caravella Eve’s Garden Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir  – 2008 – 9.2
  8. Casa LaPostelle Clos Apalta – 2007 – 9.2
  9. Caves do Salgueiral Douro Sacaduro Touriga Nacional Red – 2005 – 9.2
  10. Château Flotis Fronton 2007 – 9.1
  11. Chiarito Mendocino County Negroamaro – 2009 – 9.1
  12. Colección Vivanco 4 Varietales – 2007 – 9.4
  13. DeVero Dry Creek Valley Sagrantino 2008 – 9.1
  14. Dominus Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.5
  15. Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewürtztraminer – 2008 – 9.2
  16. Errazuriz Don Maximiano – 2006 – 9.2
  17. Eszterbauer Nagyapám Szekszárdi Kadarka – 2009 – 9.1
  18. Fort Ross Sonoma Coast Pinotage – 2007 – 9.1
  19. Fréderic Lambert Cotes du Jura Poulsard – 2009 – 9.2
  20. Furthermore Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.2
  21. Goosecross Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.4
  22. Gruet Gilbert Grande Reserve New Mexico Blanc De Blanc – 2003 – 9.1
  23. Jean Claude Beaune Beaune 1er Cru “Les Bressandes” – 2006 – 9.4
  24. Kabaj Goriška Brda Amfora – 2007 – 9.3
  25. Kenneth Volk Enz Valley Lime Kiln Valley Mourvèdre – 2007 – 9.1
  26. Lazy Creek Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer – 2007 – 9.2
  27. Luis Pato Casta Baga – 2007 – 9.0
  28. Maclaren Russian River Valley Syrah – 2008 9.2
  29. Montecillo Gran Reserva – 2003 – 9.2
  30. Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Lodi Zinfandel – 2006
  31. Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Clare Valley – 2006 – 9.0
  32. Novy Family Rosella Vineyard Santa Lucia Highland Syrah – 2008 – 9.2
  33. Pedroncelli Port Four Grapes Dry Creek Valley – 2005 – 9.3
  34. Preston Dry Creek Valley Barbera – 2009 – 9.2
  35. Pride Sonoma County Cabernet Franc 2008 – 9.1
  36. Quinta do Pôpa Douro TR Tinta Roriz – 2007 – 9.2
  37. Quivera Dry Creek Valley Mourvèdre – 2008 – 9.1
  38. Quixote Napa Valley Petite Sirah Quixote – 2005 – 9.3
  39. Raetia Alto Adige Riserva Lagrein – 2008 – 9.0
  40. Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva – 2001 – 9.3
  41. Sbragia La Promesa Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.1
  42. Sierra Cantabria Finca el Bosque – 2008 – 9.4
  43. Skewis Russian River Valley Salzgeber-Chan Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.2
  44. Só Península de Setúbal Touriga Nacional – 2007 – 9.1
  45. Talley Arroyo Grande Rosemary Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2000 – 9.3
  46. Tyler Dierberg Block 5 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir – 2009 – 9.2
  47. Villa Mongalli Sagrantino Col Cimino – 2007 – 9.1
  48. Viña Bosconia Reserva – 2002 – 9.3
  49. Viña Herminia Excelsus – 2006 – 9.2
  50. Viña Ijalba Graciano – 2007 – 9.2

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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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