Category Archives: 9.5

Schott Zwiesel Pure Collection – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have 3 out of 33 styles– I utilise the Bordeaux, Burgundy and white wine glass. Great construction and lyrical design. Very happy with use, cleaning, upkeep and general durability. Very pleased with long term performance of this wine glass. … Continue reading

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare – 2002 – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pinot Noir – 35% Chardonnay – 65% Highly developed; lively and yet boldly fresh; complex and extremely subtle notes. Passion fruit, Kaffir lime, blood orange zest, Brioche and fresh almonds. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all … Continue reading

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Hawk & Horse Red Hills Lake County Latigo – 2006 – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This dessert wine is 16% alcohol content; 13% residual sugar; spend 26 months in new French oak. This vineyard is 2,200 feet above sea level. This winery uses both biodynamic and organic farming practices. This wine has the right focus; … Continue reading

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Colección Vivanco Parcelas de Graciano – 2006 – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Defined, expressive and lingering; this wine gives notes of blueberry Confit, Eucalyptus, lavender, truffle, chocolate and hint of pepper and cardamom,  Each note folds unto another and back around—not just merely satisfying but a haunting experience where you want a … Continue reading

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Dominus Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot; a very polished wine.  A wondrous arpeggio of notes: blueberry, rose petals, Cardamom and lavender. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Schramsberg – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Though I might know what the tour leader is going to say —because it is repeated—is still a tour I look forward to attending.  I have more often than not toured this winery and cave during the summer—when it is … Continue reading

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A.R. Valdespino El Candado Pedro Ximenez Sherry – NV – 9.5 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

  This is a great packaging.  There is an actual padlock safeguarding the contents of this wine.  Candado in the Spanish means padlock.  A. R. Valdespino is a heritage sherry producer—spanning back to 1264.  Sherry is so mis-understood and under … Continue reading

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