May 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are the wines landing on my table for a May 2018 review:






Mercat Cava Brut Nature 

A lovely and inexpensive Cava Brut Nature – Brut Nature is such a loving way to enjoy sparkling wine.  Aptly and appreciable dry–but not as dry as one might imagine.  An optimum wine for food and I enjoy drinking without food as well.

Scent: green apple, hint of apricot, white tea and flowers

Palate: Granny Smith apple, green fig, almonds and moist stones


Black Magnolia Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Scent: Mountain strawberry, rose petal, stones and pepper.

Palate: strawberry, red cherry, pepper, graphite and tea.


Marques Casa Concha Peumo Carménère 2016

Scent: mix of blue/black bramble berries, evergreen forest, freshly ground pepper and suede

Palate: Blueberry, sweet spices, Thyme and black pepper.


Scent: fresh white peach, almond, moist granite and flowers

Palate: fleshy yellow peach, green apple, hint of sweet spice and almond.


Nine Hats Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • 89% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 11% Malbec

Scent: Black cherry, rose petals, Thyme, moist earth and evergreen forest

Palate: Black cherry confit, black pepper, hoisin, and Tarragon.



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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 © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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