FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar July 2013

Scottish themes abound in the nomenclature of Torbreck, the celebrated Australian winery founded in 1994 by David Powell, who once plied his hand as a lumberjack in a forest in Scotland of the same name. Having gained valuable experience during his tenure at Rockford Wines in the Barossa Valley, Powell decided to strike out on […]

Best of the Best 2012: International Red Wines: Penfolds 2006 Grange

There is little that can be said of Grange, Penfolds’ flagship wine, that has not already been repeated again and again in the commentaries of critics. The brainchild of winemaker Max Schubert, who joined Australia’s most prominent producer in 1931, this consistently magnificent expression of Shiraz made its commercial debut in 1952 and has since […]

Best of the Best 2011: International Red Wines: Two Hands 2008 Ares Barossa Valley Shiraz

If Penfolds, founded in 1844, embodies Australia’s winemaking past, then Two Hands Wines represents that country’s ever more promising future. In contrast to Europe and California—where most vintners strive to express vineyard-specific terroirs or narrowly defined appellations—Australia has embraced maverick winemakers who blend wines without regard to their places of origin, which in some cases […]

Two Hands 2007 Shiraz Ares Barossa Valley, Australia

The Australian team of Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz shared one goal when they launched Two Hands in 1999: to make the greatest Shiraz-based wines from the finest vineyards in the country. This blend almost jumps from the glass, offering up ebullient essences of roasted meat, blackberry, blueberry, and campfire smoke.

Torbreck 2006 Shiraz RunRig Barossa Valley, Australia

Since being established by owner David Powell in 1994, Torbreck has distinguished itself as one of Australia’s premiere producers. Utilizing fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, this Shiraz takes its cue from France’s Rhône Valley, exhibiting rich flavors of bacon, dark plum, tobacco, and chocolate.

Darioush 2007 Shiraz Duel Napa Valley

As a young man growing up in Iran, where his father made wine as a hobby, Darioush Khaledi used to sneak sips from the barrel. Some 30 years later, he now owns one of the most versatile labels in the entire Napa Valley, producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier. His […]