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Bin 128 Penfold's Penfold's Vino Rosso 2001

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Ripe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtly shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax is intriguing as well. Best from 2005 through 2015.

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Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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External Reviews for Bin 128 Penfold's Penfold's Vino Rosso

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2012

Ripe and open-textured, rife with cherry, currant and blueberry jam flavors, subtly shaded with spicy, slightly smoky overtones that linger along with the fruit on a very persistent finish. A hint of melted wax is intriguing as well. Best from 2005 through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2012

The 2001 Shiraz RWT reveals an attractive dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an earthy, plum, cherry, and peppery-scented bouquet, medium to full body, and slightly intrusive acidity. The fruit and weight are such that the acidity is only a minor annoyance as opposed to dominating the winersquo;s character and compressing its texture.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2012

Penfolds introduced the RWT mdash; a single-appellation Barossa Valley Shiraz matured in French oak mdash; with the 1997 vintage. This red complements the multiregion Grange bottling, which is matured in American oak. Peter Gago, Penfolds chief winemaker, sourced more than 40 percent of the grapes from Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard. The initials stand for ldquo;Red Winemaking Trial,rdquo; the name given internally to the project, which began in 1995.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2012

This year, the RWT is tightly wound, masculine and stately, but all in all, a walk in the dark. Smells like soil, meat and char/smoke and tastes likewise, with those flavors enveloping black plum fruit on the palate. Juicy but taut on the finish, like therersquo;s some blueberries thrown in for good measure. Drink after 2008.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2012

Penfoldsrsquo; Red Wine Trail takes Grange-level shiraz (50 percent from Kalimna) and ages it in French rather than American oak. Its flavors carry a Barossa signature without going too ripe. In fact, this 2001 tastes like black currants and fresh cherries preserved at the exact moment of peak ripeness. The other way itrsquo;s marked as a Barossa shiraz is the floral character, here equally fresh, cool as dew on violets. The French oak may have helped lock in the vibrant magenta color, and it may emphasize the supple richness fo texture. But the main play is in the fruit, hight-toned, sunny, beautifully grown.



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