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

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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