April 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Just a few wines to share with you for this brief review for April.

Some like to say Rosé season is on the horizon.  I always say Rosé is 365 days a year and 366 on a leap year.  Rosé is too good to just sequester to the warm seasons.  Why wouldn’t you want to have a rose during the cool, rainy and colder seasons – not just brightens the day but a lovely experience.

I remember not that long ago Rosé was so unfashionable—at wine events the wine pouring community had to humbly pour these wines.  Today and actually in the past generation Rosé has certainly dried up.  Though plenty of pallets at the club stores but that is not what many people are seeking.  Soon and someday there will not be no more pallets of the sweet Rosé wines.






Estate Crush Rosé of Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard Lodi 2016  

A bright and beautiful scent profile; sweet floral bouquet, mountain strawberry, oyster shell and citrus uplift; on the palate a concentration of mountain and field strawberry, Bergamot, sesame, and moist stones.  You don’t see a lot of Cinsault Rosé from California.







Bokisch Terra Alta Vineyard Clement Hills Rosado 2017

80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo; clonal selection Rioja and Ribera del Duero.  100% neutral French oak.

Scent of freshly cut flowers, sweet green citrus, plump small strawberries and wet stones. Palate of gold and green citrus zest and peel, high altitude strawberries, hint of white pepper and anise.

SRP: $18 USD


Ferraton Père & Fils Samorëns Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017

A blend of  Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.

On the nose very slight hint of early season Rainier cherry, fennel, moist granite; on the palate a Rainier cherry, fennel, white pepper and oyster shell.

SRP: $15







M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes” IGP Pays d’Oc Rosé 2017 

A blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault; nose of Boysenberry, green citrus zest and pulp, and anise; flavour profile of early season cherry, pepper, fennel, and moist stones.

SRP: $15 USD


La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire NV

This wine is a sparkling wine that is ever so Loire it is Chenin blanc 65 %, Chardonnay 20% and Cabernet Franc 15%.  Hand picked grapes and this wine is only $12.99 (in San Francisco).  This wine expresses with a nose of green apple, pear and Lemon preserves, flowers and almonds; the palate is expressing with Granny Smith apples, lemon curd, flowers and fresh almonds.  12.5% ABV







Stella Prosecco NV

Nose of fresh almond, Bergamot, white peach and yellow citrus; palate of white peach, orange and yellow citrus zest and hint of pine nut.

  • 11% ABV
  • $15 USD SRP







Barth René Alsace Pinot Blanc 2014

Pinot Noir needs no introduction nor does Pinot Gris; Pinot Blanc is like the unknown country despite it’s provence is Pinot Noir.  I shouldn’t complain because these wines are glorious and inexpensive.  This wine was only $12.99 (retail price in San Francisco).  12% ABV.  A glorious wine and it is not just because of the price.  Regardless of price it is outstanding and because of it’s price point a dream.  The wine expresses with Cala Lily (many people don’t think they have a smell) to me they smell like a kiss of butter, additionally there are notes of crisp tart green apple, fleshly pear and Adriatic fig; on the palate is a gorgeous and deep connection to mineral – moist stones and oyster shell, green apple and Comice pear and hint of beeswax.  A delight and Pinot Blanc is still an undiscovered wine variety.







Nik Weis Mosel Riesling 2017

A delightful and inexpensive Mosel Riesling–it is a bit off dry–I looked for documentation on sugar content but couldn’t find it.

Scent of quince, pear, apple and hint of cinnamon; palate of mineral, fleshy pear, apple and oyster shell.


Lodi Rosé courtesy of each producer and LoCa wines. 

M. Chapoutier, Ferraton, Stella Proseccco and Nik Weis wines from the brands, importers and PR agency.

La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire NV and Barth René Pinot Blanc is courtesy of me.



James the Wine Guy

Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world.

© 2018 James Melendez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, drawings, art work, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy.  James the Wine Guy is also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.

Follow, subscribe, like, browse:


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.
This entry was posted in 9.1, Alsace, Côtes du Rhône, Cinsault, Clement Hills, France, French wines, Garnacha, Germany, Grenache, Mosel, Pinot Blanc, Prosecco, Rosé, Sparkling, Tempranillo. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.