Category Archives: Sherry

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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A.R. Valdespino El Candado Pedro Ximenez Sherry – NV – 9.5 – James Melendez

  This is a great packaging.  There is an actual padlock safeguarding the contents of this wine.  Candado in the Spanish means padlock.  A. R. Valdespino is a heritage sherry producer—spanning back to 1264.  Sherry is so mis-understood and under … Continue reading

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Nectar Pedro Ximenez Sherry – 8.4 – James Melendez

This Pedro Ximenez by Gonzales Byass presents a wine that relatively low in alcohol (15.5%) compared with other Sherries which can rocket up to 17%+.  This wine has a strong influence of raisin and simmered plum but the usual cascades, … Continue reading

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Lustau Solera Reserve San Emilio Pedro Ximenez – 9.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I adore Pedro Ximenez sherry’s. Sherry’s are the gift that can only come from Espana; a gorgeous digestif. I would not characterize a Pedro Ximenez as an elegant, delicate wine; rather I would call it an honest homage to one … Continue reading

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Vinicola Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo – 9.3 James Melendez

I don’t know if I have ever tasted a PX that I didn’t like; I am still up for that challenge.  Vinicola Hidalgo is a wondrous PX.  Super sticky and with a mouth suspension of this Sherry will promise absolute … Continue reading

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Bodegas Dios Baco Pedro Ximenez – 9.6 – James Melendez

I have gotten in touch with one of my heritages and have fallen head over heals for one of the greatest wines on our planet. Sherry and Champagne are two very difficult wines to make but one I certainly could … Continue reading

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Emilio Lustau East India Solera – Palomino / Pedro Ximenez – 8.9 – James Melendez

A brilliant sherry; not to far on either the dry or sweet spectrum; a bit more on the sweet than the dry. A perfect after dinner wine and the hint of pecan, maple syrup, and gravenstein apple make this a … Continue reading

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