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Lustau Jarana Light Fino

Water-light straw yellow color. Medium intensity aromas of toasted almont, burnt wood, smoke, flint, pine nuts, and wool. Dry on the palate, light body, medium-low acidity, and light flavors of almonds, minerality, and chalk; dry medium finish. Pair with olives or fare containing lots of fresh herbs. Recommended.
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González Byass Tío Pepe Fino Muy Seco

Pale straw yellow color. Light intensity aromas of apple, almond, yeast, and savory herbs. Dry on the palate, light body, medium-low acidity, and light flavors of almond, dried apricots, and wet stones; dry medium finish. Match with salty foods like nuts, hard cheeses, and cured meats. Highly recommended.
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2009 Albero Tempranillo Barrica

Clear, bright, ruby red color. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, baking spice, oak, and Good & Plenty. Dry, medium-light tannin, low acid, medium-light body. Red fruits and diluted savory herbs on the palate. Very short finish. Let it open for a bit before drinking, otherwise, not recommended.
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2010 Dominio de Berzal Blanco

A fairly traditional winery in Rioja produces this wine from 50-year-old viura vines, blended with a little malvasia. The nose is aromatic, as you’d expect. On the palate it is reminiscent of Chablis, but the flavors are more gentle and rounder, especially toward the end. A bit of steeliness re-awakens in a slightly citric finish; very dry. Recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Coca I Fitó

Here is a elegant and earthy red from Spain’s Catalonian region and the Montsant D.O. Very tight when first opened, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black tea. It gives up its secrets slowly and you’ll be rewarded by keeping it in the glass and returning to it. It slowly opens up on the palate with layers of dark blackberries and spice (cumin, for one). This wine would work well with grilled kebabs or even Indian food.