Category Archives: Rioja

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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July 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

These are wines and beers that I tasted in July – I prefer to publish in the middle of the month but it was a busier than usual hence the last day of the month. Peter Zemmer Alto Adige/Südtirol Pinot … Continue reading

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November 2018 Wine Review – James Melendez

                McPherson Texas Les Copains Red Wine 2015 A Rhône blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, An outstanding Rhône blend–integrated and balanced; one of the best Rhône blends I have tasted from Texas. Nose: … Continue reading

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Wine & Social Media…It’s What We Have Been Waiting For – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy I recently posted this presentation I gave in Rioja, Spain a couple of years ago.  And with the advent of it is easier to share presentations.  Better to have a second life that just a one and only … Continue reading

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Marqués de Riscal Próximo – 2009 – 9.0 – James Melendez

This is a Cosecha wine and contains three out of the four major red grapes of Rioja–Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo.  This wine is elegant and considerable finesse, nuanced rose petal, smoke blueberry, wild strawberry, vanilla, ground clove and Marjoram. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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Sierra Cantabria Finca el Bosque – 2008 – 9.4 – James Melendez

Varietal: Tempranillo Dense, dark, layered and complex; bramble berry Confit, Marjoram, lavender and Cardamom, scent of dense pine forest, leather and rustic notes of late autumnal herb garden. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions … Continue reading

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La Rioja Viña Andanza Reserva – 2001 – 9.2 – James Melendez

Varietals: Tempranillo Garnacha Seared bramble berries, blueberry, bacon and Chanterelle mushroom. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez — All … Continue reading

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