July 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are the wines I tasted this July and the notes and scores for each.

I tasted wines from Oregon, Washington, Argentina, and California in this review cycle.

Here are a collections of wines I tasted during July.

Cathedral Ridge Echo Vineyard Columbia Valley Petit Verdot 2015







A stellar and successful Petit Verdot.  It is hard to get varietally label Petit Verdot right.  It is easier to get it wrong than something that is not jut adequate but expresses this noble grape with elegance and beauty.

200 case production; 13.1% ABV

Scent: Blackberry, black cherry, Thyme, Bay leaf, and baking spices

Palate: Bramble berry confit, violets, pepper and Tarragon.

Cathedral Ridge website


Cathedral Ridge Dampier Vineyard Columbia Valley Pinot Noir








From Oregon’s alluring Columbia Valley this comes from Hood River Oregon–pristinely beautiful region in Oregon.  The vineyard is on the Washington side of the Columbia Valley–a region that Pinot Noir can comfortably call home and with successful for such appealing Pinot Noir.

Small case production:  400; vineyard is 1,000 feet above sea level in Underwood, Washington.  14.1% ABV

Nose: Loch Ness Blackberry, crushed red candy, violets, graphite and hint of pepper

Palate: mountain strawberry, blackberry, hint of white pepper, rose petal and Thyme.

Cathedral Ridge website


Cathedral Ridge Columbia Gorge Necessity White Wine 2016







This wine is a composition of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.

Nose of green and yellow citrus zest and pulp, white flowers, almonds, and moist stones.

Palate of green apple, green pear and Adriatic fig, almond and flowers.

Next month in August I will be reviewing Cathedral Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon

Cathedral Ridge website


Nieto Senetiner Blend Collection Mendoza Red Wine 2015








This wine is 55% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot; 14% ABV

Scent: cassis, blackberry, moist red earth, leaves, suede and spice box.

Palate: Cassis, boysenberry, white pepper, Thyme and violets.

Nieto Senetiner website









Concha y Toro Terrunyo Peumo Cachapoal Carménère 2016

Nose: tart red cherry, violets, dried herb and wood pile

Palate: early season cherry, mountain strawberry, pepper bay leaf, and Hoisin

Concha y Toro website


Hess Select North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 








This wine is low in ABV 13.5%; 35% new French and American oak for 18 months.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Scent: Blackberry confit, juniper forest, moist leaves on forest floor, and freshly ground spices

Palate: Blackberry, cassis, white pepper, Bay leaf and Cardamom.

Hess Collection/Select website


Troon Vineyard Applegate Valley Whole Grape Ferment Riesling 2017







A dazzling Orange wine–in fact the first orange Riesling wine I have ever tasted.  15 year old vines, low ABV (11.5%) and skin contact makes for such a successful wine with plenty of vibrance and yet subtly so.  Vibrant and exhilarating that can be served as an aperitif wine.  This wine is available at $20.00 from the producer –an absolutely reasonable price point.

Nose: Yellow peach, dried fig, flowers, moist granite and beeswax

Palate: awash with vibrant and zippy acidity; mountain strawberry, Meyer Lemon, white flowers and moist stones.

Troon Vineyard website


Julia’s Dazzle Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Rosé 2017







An alluring wine with evocative nose and palate experience.  This wine is 14.1% ABV.

Scent profile: mountain strawberry, lemon preserve, freshly cut flowers and hint of sweet spice

Palate: mountain strawberry, cherry, lemon peel, almond and crushed sea shell.

Long Shadows Website


Nine Hats Columbia Valley Riesling 2017







Scent: heirloom apples, fruit orchard in autumn, Cinnamon and Cardamom.

Palate: seared Granny Smith apple, peaked Comice pear, Cinnamon and beeswax.

Nine Hats Wines


All of the above wines are courtesy of the producer.



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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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