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.







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









Lucy Rosé of Pinot Santa Lucia Highlands

Nose of strawberry, stone fruit,  stones,

Palate of mountain strawberry, beeswax and fennel











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.








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.








Esporão Reserva White 2017 – SRP $20

Nose of yellow peach, apricot, and flowers

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







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








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.








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.








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.







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





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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 reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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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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