November 2018 Wine Review – James Melendez









McPherson Texas Les Copains Red Wine 2015

A Rhône blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah,

An outstanding Rhône blend–integrated and balanced; one of the best Rhône blends I have tasted from Texas.

Nose: rich black-red bramble notes, red rose petal, pepper and Thyme-Tarragon

Palate: blackberry confit, black cherry evened out with Cardamom and an Allspice.


Domaine Bousquet Tupungato Uco Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017







Nose: of Loch Ness blackberry, red cherry, boot polish, and juniper forest.

Palate: cassis, black cherry, black pepper, and clove.


Domaine Bousquet Tupungato Uco Valley Chardonnay 2017






Nose of Green apple, pear, dried fig, and spice.

Palate of citrus, apple slice, nutmeg, and flowers.




Susana Balbo Brioso Argelo Red Wine 2016






$45 SRP / 13.5% ABV

Cabernet Sauvignon 53%, Cabernet Franc 24%, Malbec 16%, and Petit Verdot 7%

Nose: blackberry thicket, sanded cedar, violets, and herb bunch

Palate: rich blackberry, white pepper, hint of lavender and Bay leaf


BenMarco Valle de Uco Expresivo Red Wine 2016






$35 SRP/ 13.5% ABV 91 Points

75% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc.

Nose of rose petal, blackberry, autumnal leaves on ground, suede.

Palate – blue-blackberry, black pepper, Tarragon and clove


Toccat Santa Barbara County Classico Red Wine 2015






50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 5%, and 5% other varieties including Freisa

Nose of autumnal plum orchard, suede, dried roses and spice box.

Palate of tart red cherry, blackberry, hint of bread crumb for savory quality, pepper and flowers


Château Gaudiet Loupiac 2016







90% Sémillion, 10% Sauvignon

Noise: fresh citrus, dried pear, and honeycomb
Pal: blood orange, ginger, lavender, and dried apples,


Baileyana Firepeak Edna Valley Chardonnay 2016







Clones: 17, 76 utilised; Fermented in 29% new French oak; 14.7% ABV; $28 SRP.

Nose: Apple, concise pear, nutmeg, and flowers

Palate: Hierloom apple, Adriatic fig, spice and beeswax

This is a SIPCertified wine.


Finca Las Cabras Rioja Crianza 2012 






Nose of blackberry confit, suede, stacked cedar wood, and Bay leafs on forest floor

Palate of red bramble notes, uplift of dried herbs, white pepper and ever so subtle violet notes



BenMarco Uco Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2016






Nose: mix of red and black bramble, moist forest floor, leather-suede and violet garen

Palate: black cherry, pomegranate, pepper, and Thyme



Paniza Cariñena Syrah 2017 







Nose of blackberry, seared cherry, evergreen forest in autumn, and lavendar

Palate: blackberry confit, pepper, Thyme and violets



3C Cariñena Cariñena 2016






Nose:  Cherry confit, suede, forest in autumn, and violets

Palate: red cherry, pomegranate, pepper, and toffee




Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc Côtes du Roussillon:

Grenache Gris and Rolle

Nose of lemon peel, flowers, almond

Palate: white peach, red apple, sesame, moist stones



Mas Amiel Altair Côtes du Roussillon Blanc 2015







A blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Maccabeu.

A lovely expression of the Côtes du Roussillon–elegance and beauty.  Ideal for seafood and white pasta dishes.

Nose: Green-yellow citrus, white peach, flowers and moist stones

Palate of oyster shell, Meyer lemon pulp, flowers and beeswax.


Aridus American Sauvignon Blanc 2016







I think this is a great wine to taste a difference in where Sauvignon Blanc is grown–in this bottling contains grapes from Southern Arizona and Mimbres Valley in New Mexico.

Nose of citrus, yellow peach, floral, and tea.

Palate of yellow citrus zest, hint of stone fruit and slightly savory finish























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About James Melendez

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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