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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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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