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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005

A few weeks ago we had a little accident. A stack of wine cases fell over, and 91.66 percent of the bottles in the one on top broke.

The upside was that it made the cellar smell really good. Based on that aroma, I decided that I definitely wanted to try the Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005 (Maipo Valley, Chile).

And so I am. It's a nice, well-balanced Chard, and, like many Chardonnays, its character changes with the temperature. Cold, straight out of the fridge, it's bitter and acidic. (That's not the time any white wine shows its best, though. They should sit out at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before pouring.) After it warms up a bit it is balanced, slightly oaky, and slightly acidic.

This makes it a good food wine (though I certainly won't try to pair it with the burgers currently on the grill), but not an ideal cocktail wine -- better to go with something more overtly oaky for that. However, if I were serving a fowl or certain seafoods tonight, the Marques would be a good match. Your local store should be selling it for about $15-$17 per bottle.

If nothing else, it makes a great air freshener....
M. Zane Grey, 8:16 PM