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K&L Favorite Cabernet Find for Under $16 - The Phoenix Rises Again - 11/08/2017 - Australia

With Cab values becoming more and more scarce by the day, it is thrilling to come across a find like the 2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix.” With two 91 point scores and a price tag that comes in just under $16, it value is undeniable. This is no simple one-note fruit-bomb, on the contrary there’s a layered complexity here that one would expect from a bottling that’s double the price. From the maritime influenced Coonawarra appellation in Australia, this 2015 is so perfectly composed and so packed with Cabernet goodness it is sure to become the go-to red for many a wine lover. While there’s much to recommend the “Phoenix” perhaps most captivating is its smooth and supple approach. It is a great candidate to enjoy on its own, while at the same time there’s also enough depth and structure to pair nicely with a special meal. Our staff was absolutely bowled over by this 2015 and we are sure you will be as well. We got a one-time deal on this gem so grab what you can so you're well stocked on what will quickly be your favorite go-to Cab.

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2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra (Elsewhere $19) Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple in color, 2015 Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of crème de cassis, licorice and dark chocolate with hints of dried mint, earth and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black fruit and menthol flavors. Structured with a firm backbone, it finishes with great length. (LPB) 91+" (08/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "*Best Buy* Defining Coonawarra in the cool, herbal tone of its ripeness, this offers finely textured tannins and gossamer layers of spice. Theres a fresh tobacco richness that lasts, placing the wine next to lamb chops." (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dense tannins and flavors are packed into this wine, with briny Kalamata olive and black licorice nuances to the core of plum, cassis, sage, tobacco and cedar flavors, which fan out on the finish." (11/2017)

K&L Notes: 92 points Wine Front: "Most red wine drinkers will thoroughly enjoy this. It offers plenty of dark, berried, inky fruit; plenty of sawdusty/smoky oak; and while it’s warm with alcohol it remains smooth, supple and persistent. In other words, it ticks the boxes most red wine drinkers are looking to have ticked. Indeed it’s excellent value. It’s all blackcurrant, bay leaves and aforementioned oak. Tannin is fine-grained."

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

I am a California Cab guy. I find this wine to be utterly mind blowing. I can't buy more because I don't have a wine fridge. The wine: dark purple, explosion of plum, creme de cassis milling around, and a very minute tangy/grapey flavor, almost a touch Amarone-esque. Amazing stuff.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

Succulent and bearing nicely integrated oak, this has lots of roasted plums, a hint of herbs, floral notes and plenty of red berry fruits. You can count on Australia to over-deliver without overwhelming.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2017

This is such a great value and a real chance for newcomers to Australia to jump into one of the country's most interesting Cabernet regions: Connewara along the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The red soil along with the maritime climate creates expressive and characterful Cabernets that have much more than just ripe fruit and an ample mouthfeel. The Penley "Phoenix" is exhibit A, brimming with herbaceous flavors, hints of tobacco, but also a savory black olive note and a dark, decadent finish. There's A LOT of wine here for the money, but also a great learning opportunity. I've found my exploration into the wines of Australia to be incredibly rewarding, especially since visiting earlier this year. It's wines like this that keep me coming back for more.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2017

A stellar bargain in Cabernet. This is has the richness, power and structure that has made this grape King! Packed full with blackcurrant, cassis, plum, sweet oak, a touch of cigar box and fresh picked mint. Mouth-filling and voluptuous but with fine sculpting tannins; beautiful length and freshness on the palate. A super complete wine the like of which normally comes with a $50+ price tag. Try it for yourself...see what we are raving about.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 10, 2017

Along with the Penley Shiraz we carry, I was blown away when I saw the price on this wine. This is an absolutely delicious Cab from an old school producer and one I would be happy to present at any event, especially at this price point. It's deep and the Cab Sauv woodsy qualities shine though without overwhelming the fruit. I found it layered and interesting and was super excited to see this as the entry level wine for such a well respected producer. If this is how good their least expensive wines are, I can't wait to see the higher tier bottlings.