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Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Did you know that May is Australian Wine Month? Neither did I until I discovered the hashtag #aussiewinemonth. In light of the celebration, I chose to try Penfolds Bin 8, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It's from South Australia, so it's a blend of wines from several zones within this large region. Penfolds is probably one of the most recognized Australian producers besides Yellowtail not only because of their iconic label, but they've been making wine for over 170 years. They offer wines in a wide range of price points, so it's easy to find a bottle within your budget. This particular one was $17.99 at one of my local wine shops.

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The nose showed rich, ripe fruits of black cherry and plum along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cedar. It tasted quite fruit forward, which isn't a bad thing, but it was a little too overripe for my personal taste. I still enjoyed it though! It had flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum, nutmeg, and bacon. It was full bodied with round tannins and had high, but well integrated alcohol. It was a nicely done Cabernet Shiraz and a great example of South Australian wines. Happy Aussie Wine Month!

Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2012: Thumbs up. If you like your wine full of bold fruit, spices, and a little bacon, grab this wine if you see it. $17.99

Lemelson Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2012

Lemelson Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2012

Clos de la Senaigerie Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2013

Clos de la Senaigerie Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2013