2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

A lovely month of diversity.  I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round.   I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I say I love then equally.  There is also what your palate might be seeking as well as adjusting for a season or special wine.

Here is a combination of all the wines for this month and some video reviews as well.  I have one olive oil review and several Japanese microbrews.

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St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weis Mosel Dry Riesling ’18 – $18 SRP

Nose of Yellow peach-citrus, honeycomb and oyster shell

Palate of Granny Smith apple, pear, crushed shells and beeswax

*****

 

 

 

 

 

St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weis Mosel Old Vines Riesling -’18 – $18 SRP

This producer selects grapes from 35 to 70 year old vines.  It is off dry–I could not find grams of sugar per litre.  It is not intensely sweet and I would pair with Asian dishes.

Nose of quince-apple, honeysuckle, and hint of spice.

Palate: quince, pear, moist stones and beeswax

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alma de Cattleya Sonoma Chardonnay 2017

14.1% ABV

Nosel lemon peel, almond, moist stones, and flowers

Pear: pear, apple, and crushed sea shell

*****

 

 

 

 

 

Alma de Cattleya Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017

Nose of bright tones of black/red bramble rose petal, and dried herbs

Palate of red bramble, white pepper, and thyme violets

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nose of blackberry, bay leaf, and moist red earth

Palate of black cherry, pepper and dried thyme and marjoram

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Lucy Rosé of Pinot Santa Lucia Highlands

Nose of strawberry, stone fruit,  stones,

Palate of mountain strawberry, beeswax and fennel

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Herdade do Esporão Enologico dos Arrifes Organic Extra Virgin Portuguese Olive Oil – SRP $18 

I am always surprised how many olive oils I don’t taste from producer where I taste their wines.  I was privileged to taste this gorgeous olive oil.  Have you ever used a substandard olive oil and realized a good or great olive oil is rare.  This is one to use for bread to taste the richness and beauty.  The nose presents with a note of freshness – green apple, rosemary and nuttiness.  The palate presents with Meyer lemon, white pepper and bay leaf.

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Wrath Ex Dolio Monterey County Falanghina ’16 – $29

I had never tasted an orange wine of Falanghina nor I had never tasted until now a North American Falanghina.  The wine exhibits on the nose – bright fruit notes of yellow peach, lime, and flowers;  Palate gives yellow tart fruit like nectarine and peach, dried lemon peel and beeswax.  This is a SIP certified wine.

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Esporão Reserva White 2017 – SRP $20

Nose of yellow peach, apricot, and flowers

Palate of moist stones, white floral, white stone fruit and beeswax

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Fitapreta Alentjano White Wine ’18 – $22

13.0 ABV – this wine is a lovely blend of Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Antão Vaz,
Tamarez, Alicante Branco and Arinto.

Nose of fresh citrus, citrus grove, almond and field flowers

Palate of tropical fruit, balanced with sea shell and fresh pine nuts

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Quinta dos Murças Minas Douro Red Wine ’16 – SRP $20

This is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Tinta Francisca.  Nose of cherry, boot polish, good pile and dried red flowers.  Palate of black cherry Hoisin pepper violets

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esporão Colheita Red ;17 – SRP $18

This is a blend of Touriga Franca, Aragones and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nose of cherry, boot polish clove and leather

Palate of  Pomegranate, cherry, pepper violets and Bay Leaf.

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herdade do Rocim ‘Mariana’ Branco ’17 – $13

This wine is a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Alvarinho blend

Nose of Bergamot, almonds, and moist stones; a palate of orange zest, white peach and fresh flowers.

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Herdade da Malhadinha Antão Vaz da Peceguina ’16 – $25

100% Antão Vaz; small production of 13,942 Bottles.  A nicely focused wine where Antão Vaz is a star–considerable finesse.  Nose of quince and yellow peach, beeswax and fresh flowers.  Palate of quince, dried lemon peel, oyster shell and fresh white flowers.

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Domaine Olivier Merlin – Macon La Roche Vineuse 2016

13% ABV  a delightful Burgundy; nose of apple, quince, moist stones and flowers; palate of Comice pear, white tea, and oyster shell.

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Yoho I’m Sorry Umami IPA

A very unique IPA if not the most unique – this IPA is brewed with Bonito flakes.

Nose of bright tones of fresh yellow and green citrus and toast
Palate: pepper, clove, dried lemon and sesame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hitachino Nest Beer Yuzu Lager

5.5% ABV – an oh so Japanese expression of lager – using a Yuzu lemon-this delightful lemon is quite noticeable and nice.

Nose of exotic citrus zest and dried, floral and fresh herbs

Palete: bright citrus tonality, fresh, clean and fantastic capture of Yuzu

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Stephens SCV Reserve Chardonnay ’16

Nose of green apple, quince, nutmeg and sea shell

Palate of fresh apples, ground nutmeg and flowers

*****

 

Santé,

James

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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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2 Responses to 2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

  1. Clyde Woode says:

    Great job James

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