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Vino Aha! — Top 20 Spanish Reds for Your Wine Bucket List from

19 Jul

“If you had to pick only 20 Spanish reds (how hard is that!?) these wines would make the cut. Remember that many of these great producers make wines and wines at varying levels (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva), so if you can’t find the benchmark wine listed here, you can try something else from the same producer.”

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Tasting Notes: Lake Anna Barrel Select Chardonnay (VA)

23 Feb
Lake Anna Winery at VA Wine Showcase 2012

Credit: Tonya Evans (Eric, Amy & another member of the LA family)

There’s something delightfully irreverent about the nose on this Barrel Select 2010 Chardonnay.

For those who prefer naked Chardonnay (aka steel barrel aged rather than oak aged) this may not be for you. But for me? This is a little bundle of wonderful. Smoky, nutty, vanilla characteristics in the nose that also show up on the first approach to the palette and definitely linger on the finish. I also detect some apricot and ripe peach.

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