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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 94950)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Phoenix name recognizes the first winemaking company purchased by Douglas Austral Tolley in 1888. This company began in 1858 as "The Phoenix Winemaking and Distilling Company" in Stepney, South Australia.

The 2006 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits rich, dark fruit characters with complex spice- typical of the 2006 Coonawarra vintage. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, and cedar oak carry through to the balanced palate. Fine, grainy tannins offer understated support to the velvety texture and finish.

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About 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 rossa" soils – bright red top-soils overlaying soft free-draining limestone.

Critically acclaimed as one of Coonawarra's leading estates, and voted as one of the International Wineries of the Year 2001 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, while the Reserve Cabernet voted best wine of Coonawarra 2001, as judged by winemaking peers and critics.

The Penley Estate signature style comprises distinct, precise, terrior driven wines – not overly oaked or excessively alcoholic. They display ripe clean fruit with true regional character – the senior wines will age for many years.



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Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
(search item no. 92255)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape Varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot

Color: Ruby red tending towards garnet.

Bouquet: Rich, intense and complex.

Taste: Dry, soft, gently tannic with good structure.

This wine is particularly well suited to dishes of red meat, roasts and game.

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About Rocca delle Macie:

When the late Italo Zingarelli, a former boxer and film producer, bought Rocca delle Macìe in Tuscany's Chianti Classico district back in 1973, he embarked on a new career as one of Tuscany's more unlikely wine producers.

It was certainly not intended to be a hobby... it was a vocation, a desire to return to the soil." Zingarelli, who passed away in the spring of 2000, was always quick to point out.

Working closely with his son Sergio, Zingarelli set about restoring the property that Sergio together with his wife Daniela, who plays an active role in the day-to-day management of the estate, and their two children now call home. Then a tumbled down 14th-century farmstead near the village of Castellina in Chianti, it was surrounded by acres of neglected vines. Vineyards were replanted from scratch; further property, was acquired, and a state-of-the-art cellar built and installed with the latest winemaking equipment. The Zingarellis left nothing to chance in their quest to create a stellar Tuscan wine estate.

Organic fertilization, careful pruning, the introduction of small oak barrels for aging and harvesting by hand are just some of the practices Sergio and his father instituted at the estate. Rocca is an active member of the Chianti Classico growers' consortium, which takes the black rooster as its symbol.