Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard, Albemarle County (Virginia) Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004

($38): I know what you are thinking because I had the same thoughts before tasting this wine: ‘$38 for a sparkling wine from Virginia?  You’re kiddin’ me.’  Well, not only am I not kidding you, I am suggesting you buy it. The 2,000 acre property, 10% of which is vineyards, is located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia about 7 miles from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, who himself was a great wine enthusiast.  Patricia Kluge founded the winery in 1999 and released their first vintage, 2001, in 2003.  This classy 100% Chardonnay, creamy and smooth, has a mellow, friendly mousse followed by a refreshing lemony finish. California sparkling winemakers should watch out. 90 Michael Apstein Feb 20, 2007