Monthly Archives: March 2012

Flora Springs Holy Smoke Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine weaves notes of black cherry, blackberry, lavender, smoke and autumnal spices–a polished and definitive wine. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 … Continue reading

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Everett Ridge Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah – 9.1 – 2007 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Blueberry confit, black pepper, Thyme and hint of chocolate and cinnamon. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez … Continue reading

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Rare Varietals Tasting Rhone Rangers – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The following wines were poured for this session: Tablas Creek Picpoul Blanc 2010 Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc 2010 Holly’s Hill Counoise 2010 Clos Saron Cinsault Blend 2010 Ridge Carignane 2009 Lagier Meredith Mondeause Noire 2009 These wines gave a great … Continue reading

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What Would Have Happened if Prohibition Never Existed? – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

History is a precarious topic, at least, with respect to what it means for us now.   Not to tackle the unknowns of the entire history of everything—I do have one question for wine—where would we be today if prohibition never … Continue reading

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Scott Harvey Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of early season red cherry, strawberry, Tahitian vanilla, and rose petal. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio … Continue reading

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Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah; aged 20 month French barrels–33% new. Scent notes of rose petals and violets and flavour characteristics of blueberry, Acai, Chile ancho, cinnamon, Cardamom and Malabar pepper. A polished and sophisticated wine. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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My Wines? – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

What lingers in my mind is not only wine writing but wine making.  I would like at some point to produce a very small amount… perhaps only for family and friends.  The notion of creating wine fascinates many people including … Continue reading

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