A new, monthly feature – reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final weekday of each month.
• Big House Prodigal Son 2005 ($12): This is 100 percent petit sirah from the company that bought the Big House wines from Randall Grahm. It’s probably the best of the new lineup.
• Clos de los Siete 2007 ($16): This Argentine red blend from Michel Rolland is a poster child for the over-extracted, over-ripe, over-alcoholic, and over-oaked wines that he has popularized. If you like that style, you’ll love this wine.
• Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2007 ($22): Mother’s Day wine, made in the classic Napa Valley style (though the oak has been toned down a bit).
• Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ($20): More New Zealand in style than California, but still an excellent example of well-made sauvignon blanc (though a bit pricey.)