May 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are May 2019 wine reviews:

Claiborne & Churchill Edna Valley Dry Riesling 2017 – $22 SRP





An aptly dry Riesling (I have included the back label to show the IRF scale) and to highlight this is a SIP Certified wine.

Nose of green apples, moist chalk, pear and almond.  Palate of Quince, heirloom apple, beeswax and moist stones.


Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé Trevenezie IGT 2018






This wine is a rosé of Corvina Corvina 50%, Trebbiano 25%, Syrah 15% and
Carménère 10%.  11 minutes of skin contact hence the name of the bottling.  12.5% ABV.  The bottle is very interesting–squarish–reminds me a bottle from the 19th century.

Nose of fresh field strawberry, moist stone, beeswax and flowers.  Palate of mountain strawberry, raspberry, crushed seashells and hint of fennel.


Castello di Amorosa Cresta di Oro Vineyard Green Valley of the Russian River Valley Rosato 2018






This wine is a rosato of Pinot Noir and coming in at 13.7% ABV.  Beautiful packaging and love the wax seal–so elegant.

Nose of honeysuckle, raspberry, hint of wild fennel, and moist rocks

Palate of mountain strawberry, sweet fennel, and beeswax.


Villa San-Juliette Paso Robles Chorum Red Wine 2016 – $30






This is a Rhone-Bordeaux red wine blend.  I could not locate the current tech sheet for 2016 but did find the 2014 tech sheet.   So I can only guess the blend may change in terms of varietal contribution most like this is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel, and Merlot.  What do get on the nose is considerable notation of Petite Sirah both on the nose and the palate.  This is a SIP Certified wine.

Nose of blackberry-boysenberry, moist red earth, sanded cedar and violets.

Palate: blueberry-boysenberry, pepper, Thyme and violets.


Breaking Bread Redwood Valley Grenache 2018 – $24.00






Nose of red cherry, cedar, suede, and red flowers.  Palate of bright notes of red cherry, fennel, pepper, and Thyme.


Monte Velho Alentejano White Wine 2017






This wine is composed of Antão Vaz 40%, Roupeiro 40% and Perrum 20%.

This wine presents with a nose of fresh Meyer lemon, white stone fruit and flowers and palate of green and yellow citrus citrus, yellow peach and honeycomb.




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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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