Category Archives: Zinfandel

January-February 2020 Wine Review – James Melendez

Here are wines that I tasted in January and February of the first two months of this new decade. Also, I was delighted to have attended both Nebbiolo Prima and the Grandi Langhe in Alba, Italy and ZinEx (Zinfandel Experience) … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, DOC Etna, Grillo, Lambrusco, Lodi, Nerello Cappuccio, Pineau des Charentes, Russian River, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, Wine Review, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

ZinEx San Francisco Tasting Scores 2020 – James Melendez

Another nice showing of Zinfandel/Primitivo producers from mainly California, one Primitivo from Puglia and one Plavac Mali from Croatia.  The Pier 27 location which serves as an embarking point for cruise passengers to San Francisco is also the City’s wine … Continue reading

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March 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

While a longer month than last–it seemed to go so much more quickly.  One comforting constant is wine!  Here are my reviews both written and video reviews for the month of March. I am in full spring mode and keep … Continue reading

Posted in Alentejo, Alicante Bouschet, Côtes du Rhône, Cochise County, Merlot, Napa Valley, Nerello Mascalese, San Benito County, Sauvignon Blanc, Sicily/Sicilia, Syrah / Shiraz, Tempranillo, Yolo County, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

This Week – February 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This weeks adventures were an experience of Sonoma County wines. I had never been to Williams Selyem on Westside Road.  I had passed in front for years and didn’t realise that I had passed so often.  The winery is not … Continue reading

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January 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

It is only January and yet wine tasting for this month is filled with white and reds from Washington, California, German, Turkey and France.  So far in the beginning of the year is slow and I hope it will continue … Continue reading

Posted in Bordeaux, Champagne, Edna Valley, France, Germany, Napa Valley, Turkey, Washington State, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

This Week – January 13, 2019 – James Melendez

I thought I would start this New Year with a weekly column simply title “This Week.”  Purpose for doing so is to have freedom to chat about wine, beer, spirits, travel and/or food or anything else without being the direct … Continue reading

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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! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time … Continue reading

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Scott Harvey Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.1 – James Melendez

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 Melendez

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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