PENFOLDS “St. Henri” Shiraz 2015 

(South Australia, Australia) $100

Penfold’s “Grange” is one of Australia’s most legendary, globally sought-after wines; “St. Henri” is its younger (way less expensive) brother. Talk about a vivid, energetic, spring-loaded shiraz! Drinking it is like having a boysenberry IV drip straight into your veins. But despite its explosive flavors, “St. Henri” is also lovely, taut, and utterly precise. It tastes as though every delicious molecule is lined up on the same spicy, savory, minerally trajectory. And unlike most shiraz, no new oak is used. I recently put “St. Henri” into a blind tasting of renowned wines from around the world. It was the least expensive—and the ultimate favorite. “St. Henri” is too pricey to be an any-old-night wine. But some special evening soon, you deserve to try this. (14.5% abv)

96 points KM

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