Quite a solid effort on first take…I’d need to interview the dev team to understand how it got to where it is. While a touch edgy with it’s grippy acid, The fruit profile and tannin component are compelling. For the price, $17, this should be on Fox radar for every day food utility￼ — 8 days ago
2017 vintage. Deep, rich garnet. Lovely floral bouquet. Violets, raspberry, cherry, slight cigar box. 13.9% ABV. Haven’t had a CA Malbec this good in a while. — 14 days ago
This is a nice and easy drinking red blend from California.
Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, vegetables, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Spicy and interesting.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.
Tastes fresh and easy drinking.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 6 days ago
From a mini vertical of Monte Bello at a friend’s house. This 08 is easily the most concentrated of the 06, 07, 08. A bit of lemony oak is still yet to integrate on the nose, but all the components are there. Best concentration of the bunch. The fruit is rich and pure and the tannins and acids are really in nice balance. Give this 5 more years. — 5 hours ago
Dark cherry and coffee. Amazing aroma! — 14 days ago
I finally found a delicious grenache rose for summer. I just hope my wine shop can keep it in stock! — 2 months ago
Rich crimson with purple tinges. It certainly has the Penfolds winemaking thumbprint of ripe fruit and toasty oak. As HH said it tastes more Australian than Californian even though all the fruit is Californian and it was vinified there. These are the details (78% Cabernet 22% Shiraz. Napa 45%, Sonoma 35%, Paso Robles 20%). In hindsight it probably tastes Australian because of the Cabernet Shiraz blend which is common in Australia and rare (or nonexistent in California?). This venture for Penfolds has been 30 years in the making with Shiraz cuttings being brought from South Australia to Geyser Peak in Sonoma back then as our host for the dinner explained on the night. 4 Cuvées, all Red have been made ranging in price of $95 for this wine to $950 for Quantum. 70% of the production has been allocated to the North American market so dinners such as the one we had are quite rare in Australia because of lack of stock. This Bin 600 even though the least expensive of the 4 Cuvées will live well into the late 2030s even though it is so well balanced you could happily drink it now. — a month ago
Inky color. Very aromatic, nose of dark fruit and spice, vanilla. Taste matches the nose - dark fruit, little spicy. Full finish. Very impressive. — 13 days ago
My last of these. I experienced a bit of bottle variation with mine, some showing extremely fresh and others not so much. I’m a fan of Michael Cruse and enjoy his Ultramarine sparklers, and while it’s hard to compare UM to this, there are similarities and these are really delicious, especially for the money. This has a grower champagne like profile to it.
2017 base (released spring 2020), zero dosage. My first experience with this was during the dosage trial last year. Lots of fun to taste this wine at different levels. On previous bottles, it never came across as zero dosage, yet this final bottle had a pronounced carmex-like aromatic I get with many zero dosage sparklers. Oxidized aromatics and notes on the palate. This is apple everything...browned golden delicious apple, Apple strudel, apple spice. Mid palate is fairly rich with limestone, floral nuances, and a tart finish. Mousse here has died down some and the profile has become more vinous. I’d enjoy these sooner rather than later to capture the freshness. — 10 days ago