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Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia
  • JH93
  • ST90
  • RP89
  • WE89
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Winemaker Notes

After a wet winter, spring was cool to mild followed by a warm, dry summer. The 2005 Harvest saw plenty of sunshine and very little rain. These conditions produced intense flavors, aromatics, and colors.

The 2005 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon expresses distinctive Coonawarra regionality and structure unique to the Penley Estate property. This elegant, full-bodied wine leads with ripe blackberry and cassis on the nose followed by aromas of spice, dark berries and subtle oak. The tantalizing dark berry flavors are heightened by the velvety finish. Drink now or cellar up to five years for additional complexity.

Critical Acclaim

JH 93
Australian Wine Companion

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

RP 89
The Wine Advocate

WE 89
Wine Enthusiast

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Penley Estate, , Australia
Penley Estate
Established in 1988, by Kym Tolley, a direct descendant of the famous Penfold and Tolley winemaking families – the name Penley is an amalgam of the first three and last three letters from each title.

Tolley has over 25 years of winemaking experience, including being involved in the making of many vintages of the famous Penfolds Grange. The estate is located in the heart of Coonawarra, with the vines planted in the famed "terra... View More

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

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