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 […]

Spring Mountain Vineyard 2006 Elivette

The 845-acre estate located on Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain began as three wineries, starting with the original stone winery built by Charles Lemme in 1873, bought by the Schilling family in the 1890s, and two other significant estates: Chateau Chevalier and Miravalle. In 1974, the latter property became Spring Mountain Vineyard, whose present owner acquired […]

Prats & Symington 2006 Chryseia

The traditional winemaking methods of Portugal’s Douro Valley and those of Pauillac inBordeaux, like the two region’s climates, could not differ more. Yet, in 1999, the Symington family, producers of several leading Ports, partnered with Bruno Prats, the former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel, to make table wine from the Douro’s finest vineyards using Bordelaise techniques. […]

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.

Cheval des Andes 2006 Red Wine Mendoza, Argentina

Located in Mendoza, Argentina, Cheval des Andes is a joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and Pierre Lurton of Bordeaux’s fabled Château Cheval Blanc. Crafted from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine exudes flavors of mocha java, mint, and ultraripe cherry liqueur.

Almaviva 2006 Red Wine Chile

This partnership, formed in 1997, brings together two of the wine industry’s greatest names: Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Viña Concha y Toro. Bordeaux varietals and Chilean terroir—along with decades of unrivaled expertise—lend Almaviva’s wines their astounding structure. This particular red tends to age indefinitely and reveals nuances of tobacco, cedar, red currant, and graphite.

Querciabella 2006 Batàr Tuscany

A beautiful and consistently excellent Tuscan white wine grown in the Greve region of Chianti, Batàr—a blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay—is often referred to as the Montrachet of Italy. This vintage is packed with flavors of white peach, white pepper, and tropical fruit.

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