Category Archives: Lake County

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

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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

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Hawk & Horse Red Hills Lake County Latigo – 2006 – 9.5 – James Melendez

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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Shannon Ridge Lake County Petite Sirah – 2009 – 9.1 – James Melendez

Black plum, dried brown Turkish fig, cinnamon-nutmeg freshly ground, dark chocolate. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez … Continue reading

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Shannon Ridge Lake County Barbera – 2008 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Dry wine; Montmorency cherry-pomegranate, roasted fennel, pepper, and truffle. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez — All … Continue reading

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Lavender Blue Lake County Sauvignon Blanc – 2010 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Straw coloration, fresh and defined; a mélange of  just peeled citrus notes, freshly roasted pine nuts and pepper. *** ¡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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Greg Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Lake County Grenache – 2007 – 9.1-James Melendez

Light bodied yet a formidable dry wine; cherry, straweberry, currant, white pepper and nutmeg. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / … Continue reading

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Lavender Blue Paso Robles Viognier – 2010 – 8.9 -James Melendez

Dry—slight floral notes; Hibiscus, almond, yellow citrus zest and peel, and dash of sweet spice. ** ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James … Continue reading

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Cakebread Red Hills Lake County Zinfandel -2008 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Bacon, chile Guajillo, freshly smoked spice. *** ¡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.  James the … Continue reading

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Imagery Estate Lake County Malbec – 2006 – 8.9 – James Melendez

Earthry than I expected; brown mushroom, scent of fallen leaves in a forest; notes of bright red cherry, white pepper, tea and almond. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine … Continue reading

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