Those of you who have been reading the blog over the last few weeks have seen my series of posts with Josh from Wine(Explored) contrasting the Texas and Virginia wine industries. I've really enjoyed getting to know the Virginia wine world a little, and my man Dezel from My Vine Spot helped make the introduction complete by sending on a couple of additional bottles of VA wine for me to try out. One of those bottles was the 2005 Kluge Estate Red Blend.
The Kluge Estate blend is a Bordeaux blend made up of 40% Merlot, 30% Cab Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and throw in another 2% Petit Verdot for good measure. This bad boy rings in at 13% alcohol and will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20.
Dezel is one of my old school punk rock peeps, and this wine goes a little Danzig on you, coming out a little dark and a little bit on the rough side, but kinda fun. On the nose I'm getting cherry and dark fruits, along with some oaky notes. This wine is full bodied, with some big, dark fruits and spice on the palate. There is some earthiness to the wine, and it might just be a little much to drink by itself. I think I would prefer to have this wine with some food. Overall I thought the wine was worth a try if you find yourself in a position to grab a bottle.