Category Archives: Zinfandel

PS I Don’t Love Petite Sirah – James Melendez

I don’t love Petite Sirah but I don’t hate it either.   There are few varieties that I simply don’t like.  I updated my wine sample policy where I stated that I will no longer review Petite Sirah wines–I will … Continue reading

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Miraflores El Dorado Zinfandel – 2005 – 9.4 – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

Noticeably aromatic–definitively Zinfandel. Something about this growing region produces nicely dark Zinfandels; notes of wild blueberry, Marionberry, lavender, delicate hint of rose petal, slight hint of cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and Cardamom. ¡Salud! http://www.jamesthewineguy.com *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time … Continue reading

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Scott Harvey Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of early season red cherry, strawberry, Tahitian vanilla, and rose petal. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio … Continue reading

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Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 76% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah; aged 20 month French barrels–33% new. Scent notes of rose petals and violets and flavour characteristics of blueberry, Acai, Chile ancho, cinnamon, Cardamom and Malabar pepper. A polished and sophisticated wine. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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Scott Harvey Amador County 1869 – 2008 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Essence of early and mid-season bright red cherry, anise, strawberry, hint of chocolate mint and autumnal spices. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2012 … Continue reading

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Miraflores El Dorado Zinfandel – 2003 – 9.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

  Balanced, complex, highly nuanced–considerable finesse in this wine and shows how nicely Zinfandel can age (though not all age this finely); superb essence of rose petals, delicate mid-season red cherry, smoke, game and hint of lavender. ¡Salud! http://www.jamesthewineguy.com *** … Continue reading

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Robert Biale Grande Vineyard Oak Knoll District Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Pronounced notes of blueberry, smoke, vanilla bean, freshly ground Cardamom, white pepper, and clove; scent of pink rose petals, underbrush and suede. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of … Continue reading

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