November 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are my tastings for November–just one more month of tasting to finish out this year and decade.  While it seems like it has gone by quickly–it has also been a decade of great tastings and travel.

I’ll be publishing my top 100 wines of this year quite shortly.







Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosado 2018 – 90 Points

96% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha Tinta; Mid-rosé colour, 13% ABV

Nose of field strawberry, fresh flowers and hint of spice.  Palate of just picked strawberry, cinnamon, moist stones and dried flowers.









Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Hawkes Bay 2017 – 92 Points

54% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec; 13% ABV. $18 SRP.

Nose of heirloom blackberry, clove, stacked cedar, and dried flowers

Palate of Loch Ness blackberry, clove, Bay leaf and violets








Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 91 Points – $14

Nose of grapefruit skin and moistened minerals

Palate of golden citrus, orange marmalade and flowers









Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 90 Points $18

Nose red roses, early season cherry, and spice

Palate of tart cherry, fennel, pepper and roses.







Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District NV Chardonnay 2016 93 Points

Rich and delightful Chardonnay–while it can be served as a stand alone I think most optimized by food–think oysters, crab, shrimp.

Nose of apple/Bosc pear, fresh flower bunch and moist stones.

Palate of heirloom apple, beeswax, oyster shell, and flowers.







Alara San Benito County Grenache 2017 91 Points

15.4% ABV

Nose of red cherry, pepper and dried herbs.  Palate of early season red cherry, fennel, white pepper and violets.







Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Bockstein Mosel Kabinett 2018 91 Points

Nose of Comice pear, petrol, flowers and sea shell

Palate of Heirloom apple, pear, ginger and flowers.







McIntyre Kimberly Vineyard Arroyo Seco Merlot 2015 92 Points

SIP Certified wine, 14.5% ABV.  Nose of fresh blackberry, evergreen forest in autumn, suede and violets. Palate: black cherry, white pepper, fennel and Thyme.


Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Samorens Red 2017 

This wine is 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault. $16 SRP.

Nose of red cherry-raspberry, boot polish, autumnal forest floor

Palate of black cherry, pepper, fennel and Cardamom.







Domaine Bousquet Reserve Tupungato Uco Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – 91 Points

85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec 15% ABV. Notes of black cherry, blackberry, forest floor, suede and Thyme. Palate of black cherry, pepper, Bay leaf and Tarragon







Ferraton Crozes-Hermitages La Matinière 2017 

Nose of blackberry, underbrush, fallen leaves and dried red rose petal.

Palate of blackberry confit, Thyme and white pepper

100% Syrah





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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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