The last time I visited the Kluge Estate Farm Shop, I enjoyed a bottle of Kluge Albemarle Simply Red 2005 with friends. Since the 2002 vintage, I have been a fan of the Simply Red label because of its value and what it delivers in the bottle. This Bordeaux-styled blend is fairly consistent from vintage to vintage and makes for a very nice everyday, easy-drinking wine that sips nicely on its own and is also food-friendly.
The Albemarle Simply Red 2005 is like a number of well-made Virginia red wines suited to this style, in that it offers good but balanced fruit with just the right amount of acidity and moderate alcohol (13% alcohol by volume), packaged in a medium-bodied wine. You can pair this wine with anything from pizza to fatty fish like tuna and salmon, and for $13 - $14, you won’t break the piggy bank. While the Simply Red label is a very nice offering, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Kluge Estate is also one of the top sparkling wine producers in the state of Virginia. Visit their website or check your local wine shops and inquire about the Kluge Estate offerings. Total Wine and Shoppers carry select Kluge wines, including some sparkling selections and the Simply Red. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , and as always, Happy Sipping!
Info: Kluge Estate 100 Grand Cru Drive Charlottesville, VA 22902 Tel: 434-977-3895
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