March 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

While a longer month than last–it seemed to go so much more quickly.  One comforting constant is wine!  Here are my reviews both written and video reviews for the month of March.

I am in full spring mode and keep thinking Rosé and sparkling wines.  I look forward to tasting more in April and hopefully better weather to come.

I’d like to know your thoughts on these wines if you have tasted any of them.

Ferraton Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rosé 2018







This wine is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah & 20% Cinsault.  Nicely dry and yet appreciable rosé with the right amount of fruit to savory tones.  Nose: appreciable wild strawberry, lime zest, delicate floral notation, and fennel; palate of mountain strawberry, hint of pepper and Thyme, and flowers.  A stellar value at $14 SRP


Berryessa Gap Yolo County Zinfandel 2016

2016 Zinfandel Image

600 cases produced, 14.6% ABV; 100% Zinfandel.  Nose of mountain strawberry, fennel, violets and simmering spices; palate of strawberry, pomegranate, hint of white pepper, Tarragon and Bay leaf.








Herdade do Rocim Vinho Regional Alentejano Alicante Bouschet 2016

This wine is 14.5% ABV; nose of Boysenberry, tart red cherry, forest floor, violets and Cardamom.  Palate of red-black cherry, hint of tangerine skin, white pepper, clove and Thyme.








Herdade dos Grous Alentejano Moon Harvested Red Wine 2016

100% Alicante Bouschet, 12 months in French barrels.  Moon Harvested versus non-Moon harvested grapes.  Nose of blackberry, boysenberry, fennel, moist earth and stacked wood.  Palate of boysenberry, cardamom, white pepper and violets.





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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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