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Monday, September 5, 2011

Ondarre Reserva 2004 Rioja

I originally bought this to make sangria.   I needed a diversion from summer whites so went to some of the older reds I had in the cellar which I wanted to drink through.  I was not in the mood for sangria.  I am more of a purist than not.  I don't like adulterated coffees, beers or wines.  I am of the opinion that coffees which need flavoring are inferior coffees to begin with, likewise beers and wines.  In terms of cooking and drinking, I believe that the better the base ingredients, the better the end result, though some cooking is very forgiving of some questionable choices.

Anyway,  this one started out a little firmer than what I was expecting.  At first swirl, it was hot with alcohol.  The tannins were there but were smooth.  There was very little fruit.  It was a very good food wine.

I do not have a picture of the did that happen? Was I enjoying the wine that much?  Maybe!

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007

Nose: light citrus
Taste: not oaked, mild tasting with a pleasant citrus that I can't describe as one or another specific citrus.
Finish: medium long

This is another one which went down easily and well.  I am beginning to appreciate what white wines bring to the table.