I noticed that Penley Estate’s “Phoenix” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 has been getting some good press as a great value for money red with a little cellaring potential in its back pocket. Armed with this information I picked up a bottle to review at the thrifty price of $17. Very drinkable for a young cabernet, showing aromas.
If you like a Syrah that might just bite you back well then I have the perfect wine…Oh yeah it’s Jelly Roll as in, “Jelly Roll Morton”. The wine maker Jim Knight loves Jazz or so I am guessing… The aromas jump out of the glass ready to send you into a state of a total animalistic orgasmic state from which it is so sad to return. Black ripe earth brings you in as you do the same to it. You become one in this berry festival that is now your mouth….Drink up young warriors for this will be the day you fight! Oh my I think I went overboard, oh well just try it and see what I mean. With a steak!
I really like this wine, too. It is very tasty and a great Moscato d’Asti. I tasted the fruity notes the previous reviewer stated. I bought it on sale for $15.99 at a wine warehouse in my city, but they guarantee to have prices under retail. Try it if you like Moscato’s, it’s a good one.
This was a Chardonnay unlike any other I have ever sampled. Incredible waves of pineapple, peaches and mandarin orange crashed against my palate with a richness that begged for attention. At first I feared the wine might be too much show and not enough substance, but nuances of white flowers, salty minerality and a crisp finish proved that this is a wine of immense quality and depth, and not just another Chardonnay show-pony. It helps that it is truly a unique wine grown on a volcano out of ancient lava. Pretty cool, indeed.
Starting with the 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole, which is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with splashes of Cesanese, Petite Verdot and Uva de Troia. Though technically the second wine of Trinoro, this is a first-rate Tuscan red. The Cabernet Franc provides a haunting perfume on the nose that swings from blackberry essence to violets and finishes with hints of mocha and dark earth. The palate is rich, round, plush and more concentrated than most anything else hailing from Tuscany, but it stays light on the tongue with a balance of natural acidity on the finish.
I was lucky enough to sample the 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro about a year ago and I found it to be amazing. The 2006 Tenuta di Trinoro may be even better! A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is as close as heaven and Bordeaux can get to southern Tuscany. A rich frame of power, tannin and grace was given flesh by a sea of dark fruits, earthen spices and a touch of mineral nuance. The aromas positively leapt from the glass, and the finish went on for what seemed like an eternity. Truly an extraordinary wine.