June 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez






Peter Zemmer Alto Adige Pinot Nero 2017

Beautiful vitreous in coloration;  scent of mountain strawberry, pepper, moist earth leaves and violets.

Palate of rich field strawberry, white pepper, hint of herbaceous and graphite notes.


Peter Zemmer Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2017







Scent of pear, apple, honeysuckle flowers and crushed stones.

Palate of Quince, Italian fig, white flowers and oyster shell.











Kenwood Six Ridges Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015

A very appreciable RRV Pinot Noir

Scent of raspberry, strawberry, moist forest floor, fennel and freshly ground spices

palate: strawberry preserve, cherry, sweet fennel and white pepper


Domaine de Bila-Haut L-esquerda 2016

Scent: black cherry, pomegranate, red flowers, sweet cedar

Palate: cherry, crushed red candy, pepper, and Tarragon








Addendum Stage Coach Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

14.9% ABV

Scent: boot polish, violets, Loch Ness Blackberry, pepper and clove

Palate: Cassis, blackberry, black pepper and red flowers.








Addendum Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Scent: blackberry thicket, black cherry coulis, sweet cedar spice rack and red rose petal

Palate: Blackcherry, blackberry, pepper, clove, cardamom and rose petal







Addendum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Scent: mountain strawberry, black cherry, clove, leather, and underbrush

Palate: black cherry sauce, pepper, Thyme and red rose petal








Scheid Monterey Estate Grown Riverview Vyd Grüner Veltliner 2016

14.5% ABV

Scent: white flower, myer lemon zest, beeswax and moist stones

Palate:  lemon preserve, hint of apricot preserve, flower and crushed oyster shell








Kenwood Vyd Sonoma County Chardonnay

Completely harmonious chardonnay delicateness and yet expressive of Sonoma County; love ABV for me is love at first sight especially for Chardonnay; a lovely creaminess of palate.

Scent: Comice pear, Italian fig, white flowers, and moist stone and

Palate: crushed oyster shell, quince, green pear, and hint of nutmeg.










Shallow swear Willamette Valley Rosé 2017

13.1% ABV

Scent: mountain strawberry, hint of crushed red candy, violets and sweet spice

Palate: mountain strawberry, boysenberry, white pepper, and roses.








Kenwood Jack London Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Scent: Loch Ness Blackberry, underbrush, leather, Thyme and Rose petal

Palate:  Dark cherry, blackberry, pepper, bay leaf and cardamom


Stayed tuned for July’s wine reviews next month.



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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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