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

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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