Category Archives: Columbia Valley

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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Nine Hats Columbia Valley Wines – James Melendez

**** Nine Hats Columbia Valley Red Wine 2015 This wine is a blend of: 50% Syrah 41% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 2% Malbec Scent characteristics: red cherry, blackberry, baking spices, violets and bay leaf Flavour notes: Loch Ness Blackberry, cassis, … Continue reading

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Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Ethos Reserve Syrah – 2007 – 9.0 -James Melendez

Black plum-blackberry Confit, nuanced crushed herbs, and white pepper. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez — All Rights Reserved. … Continue reading

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Distefano Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.1 – James Melendez

Dense, brooding, dry; plenitude of focused dark red fruit, Fall plum orchard, scent of cinnamon and suede. ¡Salud! James the Wine Guy http://www.jamesthewineguy.com *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine … Continue reading

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Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

First wine review of the new year.  This Columbia-Crest wine shows how the Columbia Valley though further north of Napa Valley / Sonoma County can produce a nice and inexpensive Merlot and other red varietals.  Low alcohol and higher than … Continue reading

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Charles Smith Chateau Smith Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

A very and aptly dry wine; giving the essence of toasted nuts over a fire, fennel, nuanced blackberry confit and scent of sweet moist cedar. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more … Continue reading

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Corvidea The Keeper Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc – 2007 – 8.9 – James Melendez

This is a dense, complex wine; giving a distinct earthy characteristic while balancing with winter spices notes; braised blackberry, mushroom and delicate sweet wood.  A lovely wine from Columbia Valley–I have not had a Cab Franc from Columbia Valley and … Continue reading

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Snoqualmie Reserve Columbia Valley Syrah – 2005 – 8.9 – James Melendez

A tantalizing Syrah from Columbia Valley—I do expect more wonderful Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignons to be discovered from Washington and Oregon. This wine has an intertwining of Fall spices and Blackberry confit. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines … Continue reading

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Chateau Ste Michelle Cinsault Columbia Valley Limited Release – 2005 – 8.9 – James Melendez

A wine with splendid acid encapsulating notes of vanilla, strawberry and mid-summer garden herbs. A pleasant surprise. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2009 James Meléndez … Continue reading

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Chateau Ste Michelle Ethos Columbia Valley Syrah – 2005 – 8.7 – James Melendez

A high acid Syrah slightly vitreous wine exhibiting the following notes: winter baking spices, roasted red plum, Royal Gala apple, and cedar. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: … Continue reading

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