December 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

What an amazingly quick year–so many wines and the last monthly addition.  I also published this month my yearly top 100 wines of 2018 in addition.

I hope you had an amazingly great wine year and a great year in general!

Susan Balbo Signature Mendoza Brioso White Blend 2017 – 91 Points

45% Semillon, 30% Torrontés and 25% Sauvignon Blanc; 12.9% ABV; $24 SRP

Nose of gooseberry, lemon curd, and Kiwi; palate of green yellow-citrus, oyster shell and beeswax.


Susan Balbo Signature Mendoza Rosé 2018 89 Points

60% Malbec and 40% Pinot Noir; 13% ABV; $20 SRP

I have never tasted a wine blending Malbec and Pinot Noir Rosé or not. Mountain strawberry, lime, moist stones and flowers; palate of mountain strawberry, fennel, white tea and hint of red floral.


Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France






Syrah 50%, Grenache 30%, and Carignan 20%; $30 SRP

Nose of Loch Ness blackberry, dried wood pile, spice box..

Palate of cassis, blackberry, dried herbs, cardamom and violets.


Ferraton Côtes du Rhône Blanc Samorëns Blanc 2017

35% Roussanne, 30% Viognier, 25% Grenache Blanc, 5% Clairette, 5% Marsanne

Wine presents with essence of Lemon curd, apricot, beeswax, flower bunch and fennel

Palate of Nectarine, lime, white pepper and sesame paste.





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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 © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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