Penfolds Bin 28 2006 Kalimna Shiraz, $15.29-$23.99, 90 points, was an impenetrable core black trending bright ruby at the glass shallows with a thin clear wine ring.
A lovely Kirsch smell with blackberry, chocolate, and a light floral note were quite pleasant.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, grainy and still persistent, but comfortable tannin were complimented with flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished long on truffle, eucalyptus, cayenne pepper, and considerable heat from the 14.5% alcohol.
I can hear it now: "Oh no! Aged 12 months in American oak!"
However, Shiraz shares some of Zinfandel's zest, spiciness, fruit, and high octane alcohol, thus pardoning the use of American oak!
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