Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Rawson's Retreat 2013

Member Review by NorCal Wine Nerd:

Now here is a good wine that is a great price!! This wine can stand to be in the cellar for some time or you can choose to drink it now. If you do choose to drink it now might I suggest open it up WELL before you plan to drink it or make your dinner, as this wine gets much better and mellows out once it has been exposed to the air. Decanting this wine would be an even better idea. I have had the 2004, 2005, and 2006 versions of this wine, and I will tell you that the 04 and 05 need a lot less time to open up, but the 06 is still EXTREMELY young.

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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 Cabernet Sauvignon Rawson's Retreat

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Snooth User: NorCal Wine Nerd
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/21/2008

Now here is a good wine that is a great price!! This wine can stand to be in the cellar for some time or you can choose to drink it now. If you do choose to drink it now might I suggest open it up WELL before you plan to drink it or make your dinner, as this wine gets much better and mellows out once it has been exposed to the air. Decanting this wine would be an even better idea. I have had the 2004, 2005, and 2006 versions of this wine, and I will tell you that the 04 and 05 need a lot less time to open up, but the 06 is still EXTREMELY young.


Snooth User: mikespeer
10741941,196
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/13/2012

violets, plums on the nose.....great balance with a long lasting finish


Snooth User: hammel3098
23381922
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/03/2011

3 glasses. That's what I had. Wine good enough to enjoy, not so fabulous to be in awe of. Tasted just right with steak, with other food...just not so great that I would enjoy it for its own qualities.


Snooth User: bong M
2048387
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/28/2009

A dark purple wine with aromas of black cherry, some herbaceousness I can't quite pin down, and light wood resin. This is one to decant. Initial flavour is of blackcurrant with hints of dark chocolate with medium acidity and tanins. BUT, after an hour in the decanter the flavour really opens up with rich berry fruit flavours that fills you mouth and a slight sweetness. This is a great value cabernet sauvignon. Usually available in Phnom Penh at Pencil supermarkets.


Snooth User: bonrose
2745115
2.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/10/2009

acrid and mild!!!


Snooth User: krissy512
458955138
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/19/2010

Three glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/13/2008

Yes, a screw top. A southeastern Australian wine. Inexpensive pleasure. Recommended by a Kentucky sommelier. So far he's been right on each occasion we've tried one of his suggestions. Sale price $6.


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External Reviews for Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Rawson's Retreat

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

Medium red. Musky plum and currant aromas, plus a whiff of roasted black raspberry. Sweet, fat and simple, with decent berry and plum fruit. Finishes a bit tart, but with easy tannins.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

Lean and lively, with tangy black currant and cedar flavors, finishing crisp. Drink now through 2006.



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