Category Archives: Cabernet Franc

Top 400 Wines: Once in a Decade – 2010-2019 – James Melendez

There are many top 100 wine annual lists and I produce one as well.  I love the research and review of wines I taste yearly. Thought, I have never found it an easy task as I taste a large set … Continue reading

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May 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are May 2019 wine reviews: Claiborne & Churchill Edna Valley Dry Riesling 2017 – $22 SRP         An aptly dry Riesling (I have included the back label to show the IRF scale) and to highlight this … Continue reading

Posted in Alentejano, Arizona, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Chianti Classico, Cochise County, Corvina, Grenache, Malvasia Bianca, Paso Robles, Picpoul Blanc, Portugal, Red Blend, Red Wine Blend, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah / Shiraz, Tannat, Trebbiano | Leave a comment

Silver Wines Santa Barbara County – Review – James Melendez

I have rarely been wowed by California or even North America Sangiovese.  I think the struggle for Sangiovese is where to grow it and equally importantly how to vinify it. I recall listening to a California wine maker who producing … Continue reading

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July 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are the wines I tasted this July and the notes and scores for each. I tasted wines from Oregon, Washington, Argentina, and California in this review cycle. Here are a collections of wines I tasted during July. Cathedral Ridge … Continue reading

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A Recent Tasting of Mondavi Wines – Summer 2017 – James Melendez

Surprisingly, I have not tasted Robert Mondavi wines in quite a while.  I had an opportunity to attend a pairing of Mondavi wines with food prepared by New York chef Theo Friedman.  The event which was at a private residence … Continue reading

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Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc 2008 2009 2010 – Interview & Tasting with Frank Morgan & James Melendez

It was a pleasure to sit down and taste some beautiful Cabernet Franc from Barboursville, Virginia with Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like.   I have known Frank from the Twittersphere and, of course, in person at several Wine Bloggers … Continue reading

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Tinhorn Creek Okanagan Valley Cabernet Franc – 2010 – 9.3 (93/100 Pts) – James Meléndez

This wine is proof positive of Okanagan Valley’s bonafide credentials of making world class wines. This wine is balanced, complex, sculpted and confident. Scent notes of warmed suede by touch, anise, cedar wood pile, moistened earth in Fall time. Flavour … Continue reading

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Pride Sonoma County Cabernet Franc – 2008 – 9.1 – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

88% Cabernet Franc 6% Merlot 6% Cabernet Sauvignon Gently warmed cherry-plum, white mushroom, delicate touch of chocolate and Marjoram. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: … Continue reading

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Stepping Stone Napa Valley Cabernet Franc – 2009 – 9.1- James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

Deep dark cherry notes; accented with a hint of bramble fruit characteristics, white pepper, truffle and hint of light dark chocolate and violets. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more … Continue reading

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Signorello Napa Valley Padrone Red Wine – 2007 – 9.3 – James Melendez

Varietals: –       84% Cabernet Sauvignon –       8% Merlot –       8% Cabernet Franc Notes of grilled black and red summer fruit, smoked Cardamom, mushroom and hint of Mexican vanilla. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions … Continue reading

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