Category Archives: Santa Barbara

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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Top 50 Under Realised Wine Regions/Countries in the World – James Melendez

There are so many wine regions on the planet and many that are either rarely found at wine retailer or a restaurant wine list.  I wanted to create this wine list because there are so many wine countries that are … Continue reading

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Curtis Santa Barbara Heritage Cuvee Red Blend – 2009 – 9.1 – James Melendez

This wine is Grenache 35% Syrah 28% Mourvèdre 24% and Cinsault 13%.  Notes of rich red-black plum, blueberry, Thyme, Marjoram, chocolate and Brazil nut. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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Star Lane Vineyards Astral Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.0 – JamJames Melendez

Various bramble berries, centered with Acai; cinnamon, chocolate, toast and vanilla. ¡Salud! James the Wine Guy http://jamesthewineguy.com/ *** James the Wine Guy–”Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time” A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more … Continue reading

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Ampelos Estate Santa Barbara Syrah – 2007 – 9.1 – James Melendez

Muscular, well developed; focused notes of blueberry, cherry, black pepper, chile Ancho, and vanilla. ¡Salud! James the Wine Guy http://jamesthewineguy.com/ *** James the Wine Guy–”Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time” A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the … Continue reading

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Lucas and Lewellen Santa Barbara County Petit Verdot – 2007 – 9.1 – James Melendez

Dark Pluot, blackberry, almond, pepper, mushroom; scent of Thyme, Marjoram, and mid-summer herb garden. ¡Salud! James the Wine Guy http://jamesthewineguy.com/ *** James the Wine Guy–”Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time” A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the … Continue reading

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Mosby Santa Barbara Sagrantino -2006 – 9.2 James Melendez

Delightful acid profile enveloping notes of blackberry-black plum, scented almonds, nutmeg, and brown mushroom. ¡Salud! James the Wine Guy http://jamesthewineguy.com/ *** James the Wine Guy–”Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time” A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the … Continue reading

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