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 have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 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 and most major social medias.
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