October-September 2018 Wine, Beer and Spirits Review – James Melendez

This is a combination of two months – September and October — travel packed months.  I was able to capture this month wine, beer and one spirit.  A full fledge grouping of wine, beer and spirits–an exceptional two months of tasting.

Michel Chapoutier Bila Haut Côtes-du-Roussillon 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a Grenache and Carignan wine.

Nose: Bayberry, boysenberry, suede stacked wood

Palate: black cherry, anise, pepper, thyme

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Descuttes Rainbow Rain Brut IPA 

White wine reminiscence though no wine was utilized in brewing this stellar IPA.  Balance of citrus, almond, white floral with uplight of hops making this an IPA without question.

 

 

 

 

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Descuttes Pub Gather Wheat

Notes of coffee, nutmeg, lemon zest and moist stones.

 

 

 

 

 

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Descuttes Bachelor ESB

Notes of cinnamon toast, graphite and white pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take it to the House IPA

Notes of cinnamon, seared, pear, apple toast, crisp and light finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Descuttes Big Limpin’ Hop Hazy

Notes of dense spices, smoke, and wood pile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Descuttes Black by Popular Demand


Notes of Chocolate, Bay leaf, black pepper, toffee.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aridus Willcox Viognier ’15 92 Points Episode #2650

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Château Puygueraud ’15 92 Points Episode #2649

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Cairdeas Lake Chelan Syrah Rosé ’17 93 Points Episode #2648 

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Villa Maria Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 92 Points Episode #2647

 

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McIntrye SLH Chardonnay ’16 Episode #2651

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Harney Lane Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ’15 91 Points Episode #2652

 

Seven Hills Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon ’14 – 92 Points Episode #2653

Aridus Willcox Tempranillo ’16 90 Points Episode #2654 

 

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Villa Maria Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc 93 Points Episode #2646 

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Milbrandt Wahluke Slope Merlot 2012 90 Points Episode #2645 

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Savage Grace Côt ’17 93 Points – Episode #2644 

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Zocker Edna Valley Gruner Veltliner ’16 Episode #2643

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Murrieta’s Well Livermore Valley Merlot ’16 93 Points Episode #2642 

 

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Opolo Central Coast Roussanne Episode #2641 91Points 

 

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Aridus Willcox Grenache ’15 92 Points Episode #2640

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Camut Pays d’Auge 6 ans d’âge Calvados 95 Points Episode #2639 

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Cantina Colterenzio St. Magdalener 91 Points Episode #2638

 

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Dusted Valley Walla Walla Syrah ’15 93 Points Episode #2637 

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Syncline HHH Mourvèdre – ’15 Episode #2636 93 Points

 

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Smith Madrone SMD Riesling ’15 94 Pts Episode #2635 

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Chateau Lamothe de Haux Cuvée Traditionnelle ’15 91 Pts Episode #2633 

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Fiddlehead SRH Pinot Noir ’13 – 93 Points Episode #2632

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Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec ’17 Episode #2631 93 Points 

Tangent Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc Episode ’16 #2630 92 Points James Melendez

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Murrieta’s Well The Spur Livermore Valley Red Wine 2015 91 Points

This wine is a composition 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc

Nose – Raspberry, black currant, baking spices and flowers

Palate – bold acidity in balance by Blackberry, red cherry, white  pepper, and dried herbs

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Chateau Lamothe de Haux Cuvée Traditionnelle ’15 91 Pts Episode #2633 James Melendez

 

Santé,

James

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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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