2004 Kluge SP Albemarle County Brut Rose ($28). Pinot Noir + Chardonnay from Virginia’s hunt country south of Charlottesville – firm-bodied with light strawberry and cranberry flavors and pleasant bitters around the edges, put the flavors stop short just as it gets ready to plunge down the throat. A Possibility.
2006 Waterson Napa Merlot ($18). Some nice rich cherry flavors, but the finish is a little thin and a little green as in cherry stems. Pleasant, but Pass.
2007 Clos de los Siete Mendoza ($19). A delicious rich red blend with lightly gamey dark cherry flavors, a touch of creamy chalk and a long finish of chocolate tannins, this is a wine worth having cases of in the cellar for current and future enjoyment. (I was in the Uco Valley tasting wines last week at this five-winery estate put together by Michel Rolland and six Bordeaux partners, which is why there are not more wines in this week’s lineup.) With this quality at this price, an enthusiastic Buy.
Until next time...