Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

First Quarter 2021 Wine Review

The very first few weeks were quiet on the wine front and no anteprima’s to attend anywhere.  I wondered where I was going to taste the equivalency of last years wines.  Thou I have receipted wines equivalent to last year’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alentejano, Alentejo, Arroyo Grande Valley, Blaufränkisch, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Dundee Hills, Etna, Lodi, Low Alcohol, Nero d'Avola, Paso Robles, Pinot Noir, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Red Blend, Red Wine Blend, Rheingau, Russian River, Sant'Antimo DOC, Santa Rita Hills, Sicily/Sicilia, Taurasi DOCG, Yakima Valley, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

Top 100 Wines of 2020 – James Melendez

Yes, 2020 was a year that we will always be remembered or a year we will always want to forget!  I also try to capture as many wines before publishing my top 100 – some wine reviewers publish in October—not … Continue reading

Posted in Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Chardonnay, DOC Etna, Dolcetto, Etna, Lake County, Lugana, Marlborough, Napa Valley, Nebbiolo, Pantelleria, Pinot Noir, Roero, Santa Maria Valley, Taurasi DOCG, Top 100 Wines, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

September-October 2020 Wine Reviews

September and October were two very quick months and I am glad to finally list the wine I have tasted these two months.  There has been a pick up – a big pick up in virtual wine tastings as I … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cava, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Portuguese Wine, Rosé, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Amarone, Argentina, Atlas Peak, Bekaa Valley, Blaufränkisch, British Columbia, Brunello, Brut, Brut Nature, Burgundy, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calabria, California, Catarratto, Cava, Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Columbia Valley, Czech Republic, Dessert Wine, DOC Menfi, Dundee Hills, Extra Brut, Franciacorta, French wines, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Graciano, Grüner Veltliner, Grenache, Hárslevelű, Kerner, Királyleányka, Macvin, Madeira, Malbec, Mencia, Mendoza, Molise, Monastrell, Mt. Harlan, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, Nebbiolo, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, New York, North Fork, Nosiola, Pauillac, Perricone, Petit Verdot, Pfalz, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Nero, Pinot Noir, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Puglia, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling, Rioja, Rosé, Russian River, Sangiovese, Sardinian Wines, Sauternes, Sauvignon Blanc, Sherry, Sicily/Sicilia, Spain, Syrah / Shiraz, Timorasso, Top 400, Tuscany, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Virginia, Walla Walla Valley, Washington State, Yakima Valley | 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, Merlot, New Zealand, North Carolina, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Rosado, Rosé, San Benito County, Sauvignon Blanc, Spring Mountain District, Wine Review, Wine Score, Winery Rating | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Alicante Branco, Argentina, Arinto, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carneros, Chardonnay, Chianti Classico, Corsica, Douro, Falanghina, Japanese Beer, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Mosel, Mourvedre, Napa Valley, Nero d'Avola, Olive Oil, Paso Robles, Pinot Noir, Port, Portugal, Rabo de Ovelha, Riesling, Rosé, Santa Clara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sicily/Sicilia, SIP Certified, Tamarez, Wine Review | 2 Comments

Taste of Mount Veeder Wines Scores – Thursday 18-April-2019

Rarely do I ever get to taste almost all wines from an event but this one I did (I missed tasting only two).  Yes, it was a small event but that didn’t make it less important.  I was delighted to … Continue reading

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April 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

April was a very quick month–just like each year January and February are relatively calm and after that we all seem to be on a proverbial banana peel. I do loving tasting so many wonderful wines during the month. Jason … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes du Roussillon, Chardonnay, Chianti, Cote du Roussillon, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Port, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Sangiovese, Santa Clara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Syrah / Shiraz, Tempranillo | Leave a comment

February 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Another fun tasting month of wines from Arizona to La Mancha to Ribera del Duero and back to Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco.  I am always amazed on such variation that hits my tasting table. Please seek out … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Germany, Graciano, La Mancha, Lake County, Rheingau, Ribera del Duero, Santa Ynez Valley, Spain | Leave a comment

Acumen Wine Gallery – A Classy and Must Experience Tasting in Downtown Napa – James Melendez

There is a new wave of wine tasting experiences at a tasting rooms sans vineyards.   There has always been a tasting room minus wineries in California.  But what is new is that there are many more to come. There is simple … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo | Leave a comment