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A Chardonnay and a Spanish Value

November 22, 2007

Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2004, Napa ~$24US

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nose: Caramel apples, alcohol
palate: round but fresh, white peach, green apple.
finish: soft, buttered popcorn, glycerine

A solid California Chardonnay – Oaked, but not over-the-top. Well made, but not outstanding. There are similar wines cheaper, and better wines at this price.

1033865x.jpg Siete 7, Vinos de Terrunos 2005, Navarra Spain ~$8US – 80% Grenache, 20% Tempranillo

nose: Red cherries, petrol, blacktop, some dirty, wet leaves
palate: Serious. Cherries; appealing acidity, juiciness and smooth tannins. Some balsamic notes = brett maybe?
finish: Spree, long.

Similar to the ‘Les Ruffes”, except this one is from Spain and has Tempranillo. Also a great value, probably more interesting in its earthiness. And sweet label.

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