February 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Another fun tasting month of wines from Arizona to La Mancha to Ribera del Duero and back to Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco.  I am always amazed on such variation that hits my tasting table.

Please seek out these wines.


El Vínculo La Mancha Alejairén White Wine 2015








13.5% ABV, 100% Airén, $30 SRP

This grape was once the third most planted on planet earth and a lot of hectares of it planted in La Mancha–often used for making spirits and sometimes as a white wine.  This wine is expresses notes of dried stone fruit, honeycomb, tea, and flowers; Palate of dried apple rings, apricot, beeswax and flowers.  A very nice wine and express great possibilities of the Airén.


El Vínculo La Mancha Crianza 2013







100% Tempranillo; aged 18 months in American Oak; $19 SRP

Expressing notes of Boysenberry, cherry, crushed pepper and red rose petal.  Palate of Boysenberry-Blackberry, black pepper, cinnamon and sage.


Aridus Arizona Field Blend White Wine 2017 







This is a wine of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Malvasia. 11.% ABV.

Notes of Lemon peel, stone fruit, seashells and palate of white peach, dried citrus peel, and flowers.


Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 







14.5% ABV; 21 Months in Oak 40% new.

Nose of blackberry, dense forest, dried Bay leaf, and spice rack.  Palate of raspberry-blackberry, white pepper, fresh herbs and violets.  SRP $27


Leitz Rheingau Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2017







11.5% ABV – 100% Pinot Noir.

A nicely handsome German sparkling Pinot Noir–rare to taste Pinot Noir from Germany and much rare in the sparkling form.  Pale salmon colour; Nose: strawberry, sea shell, flowers and almond.  Palate: mountain strawberry, almond, hibiscus, and oyster shell.




And more wine reviews to come in March – stayed tuned!



James the Wine Guy

Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world.

© 2019 James Melendez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, drawings, art work, graphs, photographs, logo, brand name, rating, rating, taxonomy, graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy.  James the Wine Guy is also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

Follow, subscribe, like, browse:


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.
This entry was posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Germany, Graciano, La Mancha, Lake County, Rheingau, Ribera del Duero, Santa Ynez Valley, Spain. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.