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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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.
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