Category Archives: Australia

Fall Wine Reviews September-October 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

A very busy time of the year for me is always Fall – I had to combine my monthly wine reviews into one (September-October 2019).  I had a large number of trips–and a bit busier than usual in general. My … Continue reading

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This Week – February 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This weeks adventures were an experience of Sonoma County wines. I had never been to Williams Selyem on Westside Road.  I had passed in front for years and didn’t realise that I had passed so often.  The winery is not … Continue reading

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Top 100 Wines of 2018 – James Melendez

The great race to name the top 100 wines is like Christmas/winter holiday retailers putting out their assortments earlier year over year.  So too is James Suckling on November 5, 2018 and Wine Spectator November 19, 2018.  Next year I … Continue reading

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Top 50 Under Realised Wine Regions/Countries in the World – James Melendez

There are so many wine regions on the planet and many that are either rarely found at wine retailer or a restaurant wine list.  I wanted to create this wine list because there are so many wine countries that are … Continue reading

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My Wine Tasting Wish List 2018 – James Melendez

In the past few years I have been writing about wines on my wish list for this year. Each year, I start out with nearly a blank slate but I do have some wines left over on my tasting table … Continue reading

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Artisans of Australian Wine San Francisco Tasting 2017 – James Melendez

Year over year I taste so little Australian wines.  I was so glad I was able to attend a smaller producer tasting called Artisans of Australian Wines.  The tasting was here in San Francisco in September 2017. In general and … Continue reading

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Penfolds Southeast Australia Yattarna Chardonnay – 2001 – 9.3 -James Melendez

Bottle #16185 Yattarna is an aboriginal word meaning: little-by-little. I kept thinking this bottle would have survived but that I would have missed out on the best years. This wine did not turn the tell tale color of gold instead … Continue reading

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D’Arnberg Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz – 2007 – 9.2 – James Melendez

A mix of wild bramble berries, seared black plum, roasted chile Ancho, ground clove and nutmeg, vanilla; scent of mid-summer herb garden and cedar box. A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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Au Granite Belt Unwooded Chardonnay – 2006 – 8.5 – James Melende

White nectarine, mineral, fleshy peach, citrus, and toasted almond; though no wood it seemed to have a buttery undertone.  For palettes who like the buttery chardonnays this wine may appeal to those people.  I looked for information online I could … Continue reading

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Sons of Eden Romulus Barossa Valley Shiraz – 2005 – 9.3 – James Melendez

This Shiraz is bold and confident; I like Shiraz to taste like wine not like a raspberry spritzer. This Shiraz gives generous amounts of fruit: deep red, boysenberry, blackberry and spice: allspice. The boldness stands up to a generous piece … Continue reading

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