Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, 2006

From the cellar: Quite sensational, particularly as it warmed to room temperature. We’ve been drinking high on the hog lately and I guess this is a pretty high hog. To my uneducated palate, I couldn’t discern much difference from the 20 year old Montelena we sampled down in California a while back. Steely, crisp, acidic, deeply nuanced, without a touch of honeysuckle rose, but with a finish that Michael Phelps couldn’t repeat. There is even a hint of spice, Shiraz style.  I was surprised I had this in the cellar for so many years.  But I did.  Give me some love for self control.


Price: I am too embarrassed, too disgusted, too repulsed and just plain angry about our government tax on wine to fess up, except to say this was extraordinarily expensive. So here is the question: Is this wine five times better than La Frenz? Is it four times better than a rack of Olivier LeFlaive entry level Burgundies? Is it three times as good as Ridge Mikulaco or twice as good as Ridge Estate Chardonnay? Well, it’s all relative. Each bottle has its strength. My strength is to find incredible joy in plonk half the price of this.


Market Liquidity: Connoisseur’s delight.

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3 responses to “Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, 2006”

  1. I just wanted to say thanks for continuing your reviews. The articles are great, I love your sense of humour. PS: What year is the Athene hiding behind the Penfolds Yattarna?

    • Hi Darren,
      The Athene is the current $38 2011 from the vineyard. It’s a powerhouse right now. I think too early to drink. I tried a glass and decided to give my second bottle a go in about a year and review it then.

      • Perfect. That why I asked. I haven’t bought much of the 2010 or 2011 BO stuff. I have a few of the 08 & 09 Meritage and Athene and they’re great now. Will get a couple of the 2011. Thanks.

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