Early March 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez





Pacific Crest Centennial Trail Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2015

Scent: Dried lemon peel, crisp apple, white flowers and almond

Palate: mix of green and yellow citrus, pear, and freshly roasted pine nut

  • SRP: $16.99
  • 13.2% ABV






Pacific Crest McNary Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Scent: Underbrush, black cherry, hint of blackberry, rose petal

Palate: Loch Ness blackberry, white pepper, bay leaf and Tarragon.

  • Availability: Southern CA, NJ, WA, NC, PA, GA – US
  • 1492 Cases
  • $19.99 SRP
  • 13.7% ABV







OTWC Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Scent: red cherry, crushed red candy, fennel, violets and pepper

Palate: mountain strawberry, red pepper, Thyme and hint of rose petal










Kivelstadt Cellars Mendocino County Rosé

Scent: Moist stones, Kumquat citrus, and green apple.

Palate: golden and green citrus zest and pulp, tea, and Hibiscus

  • This wine is whole cluster, pressed
  • 60% Carignan and 40% Grenache
  • 12.8% ABV







Cartuxa Evora Red Wine 2013

Scent: Blackberry, boysenberry, red tea, black pepper and violets

Palate: Mix of bramble berries, ground spices, violets and hint of dried herbs

  • 50% Aragonez, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Trincadeira and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 14.5% ABV




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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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