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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Barossa Valley 2015

Member Review by Lucha Vino:

Dark inky purple color with pepper, cola and red berries on the nose. Lots of oak when first opened. As it breathes the vanilla and pepper characteristics come out. Very nice, buts needs to breathe for a couple of hours.

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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

Member Reviews for Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Barossa Valley

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Snooth User: Lucha Vino
249612134,282
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/25/2010

Dark inky purple color with pepper, cola and red berries on the nose. Lots of oak when first opened. As it breathes the vanilla and pepper characteristics come out. Very nice, buts needs to breathe for a couple of hours.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/29/2011

This is a beautiful wine, showing both opulence and grace. Tobacco, earth, pepper, anise, wild berries, cherry and vanilla play on the nose during the first hour, followed shortly thereafter by whiffs of brown sugar and cream cheese, with hints of dirt and petroleum appearing intermittently in the background. On the luxurious palate, black berry, cherry, raspberry and plum, all dance on layers of chocolate and caramel. The rich and complex medley of flavors leads to a thick savory finish, with soy sauce, chocolate and licorice surrounding the fruit medley, all boosted by zingy pepper and spice to add high notes. At two hours, plum and soy sauce dominate the palate, though sporadic notes of raspberry and blueberry appear also. Red fruits and florals, including lavender and rose, linger pleasantly on the nose. Notes of vanilla and spice dance nicely on both nose and palate throughout the lovely experience. Old leather joins the nose at four hours, along with continuing threads of anise, pepper, tobacco, and plum. Palate shifts to tobacco, chocolate and black pepper, covered by a blanket of spice and tangy acidity. The fourth is its finest hour, with a long broad savory middle, drying tastily throughout the front palate, leaving a textured cottony mouthfeel, and spreading heavy zesty pepper across the top during the zingy finish.


Snooth User: skimvin
358403301
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/23/2010

Penfolds describes this as "quinessential" Shiraz, a "beautiful synergy between rich South Australian fruit and well integrated American oak." Easy to drink, subtle tannins, dark and red fruits, 14.5 % alc but doesn't taste hot. At less than $20, a nice value wine.


Snooth User: KentuckyHillbilly
357168147
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/29/2010

Complex, layered and absolutely delightful Shiraz. This wine is opening up beautifully with a nose of Black Currant and plum. This fruit combines with a touch of black pepper to sail across the palate into a satisfying, lingering finish. As good as it is today this wine shows signs of developing into something really special. This is a real price/quality bargain. Buy by the case, throw it into the cellar and drink for the next 8-10 years. 92.


Snooth User: golfinginthesun
72688121
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/15/2011

Bold full


Snooth User: Terrysimmons
4180305
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/05/2010

Beautiful purple color. Depth. Balance of earth and fruit. Velvet on my tongue.


Snooth User: kclou543
58296912
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/18/2011

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Barossa Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2013 04/14/2015

Style: Elegant style with sweet black fruit character; classic Coonawarra mint and spice notes; firm tannin structure Sourcing: Coonawarra pedigree (cooler climate) Maturation: Matured in French oak


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/24/2012

This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/24/2012

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 11/12/2013

Undurchdringliche Farbe mit violetten Rändern. Das Bouquet erinnert an Soja und Schwarztee. Diese außergewöhnliche Duftserie wird am Gaumen durch die typische Barossa-Charakteristik komplettiert: Die Eichenwürze ist betont sanft, was der dichten Frucht der Shiraz Gelegenheit gibt, überschwänglich aufzutreten. Pfeffrige Frucht steht neben raffinierten Akzenten von Anis, Rhabarber und Roter Bete. Die normalerweise zu erwartenden Fruchtaromen von roten und schwarzen Johannisbeeren sind nur leicht zu erkennen. Am Gaumen wirkt der Bin 150 frisch und jugendlich. Die Textur ist seidig, geschmeidig und von feinkörnigen Tanninen durchzogen. Am Gaumen lassen sich deutlich geröstete Kaffeebohnen finden, die zerstampft mit Waldbeeren, Veilchen und Muskat ihren Geschmack verströmen.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby. This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 11,500 cases imported. -HS


External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/03/2014

Opaque ruby. Sexy oak-spiced aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry and pipe tobacco. Lush and creamy in texture, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins add shape to a long, sappy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine is a baby. This crisp red shows density and depth to the blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors, which play against firm tannins on the spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. 11,500 cases imported. -HS ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2013

A convivial, lively shiraz, 128 offers red fruit vibrancy balanced by round, spicy tannins. Its simple berry-scented fruit will keep you chewing on the bones long after the lamb chops are gone.


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