2013 Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir Leyda Valley Chile $24 (Sample)
There is a lot to be excited about in this energetic and well-made Pinot. For starters, it is unlike any Pinot your continental palate has become accustomed to. That said, it is a faithful rendition of the grape from its place. Leyda Valley has demonstrated its versatility in producing a number of different varieties, but seems to stand out in producing quality Pinot Noir at affordable prices. There is a lot happening in this bottle: a steely cleanliness frames a spice rack that is nearly dizzying in its dimensions. Fruit is ample without being overt or overly extracted. Drinking a Pinot Noir as balanced as this is a sincere pleasure and a welcome change of pace from the jammy examples coming from California at similar price points.
2013 Kalfu Kuda Chardonnay (Unoaked) Leyda Valley Chile $19 (Sample)
If the Pinot Noir was energetic, this is positively electric and gripping. Soft pear and bright citrus greet you in the attack, followed by a full mid-palate, and a long, firm handshake finish. This clean, direct laser beam drinks as much like a Sauvignon Blanc as a Chardonnay. Brilliant. Worth the search for an experience you will want to repeat.