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June 18, 2019

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The Legendary Wines of Penfolds

June 18, 2019

Universally recognized for the quality of its bold yet elegant wines, today Penfolds remains the crown jewel of Australian wine. From the delicious, dark-fruited Bin 28 Shiraz all the way up to the legendary, immortal Grange, the wines have never been better! Rich, fruit-forward and perfectly structured, these impeccably crafted reds drink beautifully when released but are also built to last. At Penfolds, the degree of winemaking skill is matched only by the quality of the vineyards from which they source their fruit. These vineyards are scattered throughout Southern Australia’s most legendary regions… Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills. By picking at the precise moment of ripeness, Penfolds produces wines that walk the fine line between power and finesse. Wally’s is pleased to offer a wide range of bottlings and vintages from this gold-standard producer.


2015 Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz

95+ points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $125

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 RWT Shiraz leaps from the glass with expressive blackberries, black raspberries and wild blueberry notes plus underlying Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, forest floor and fertile loam notes with a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it coats the palate with vibrant black berry and spicy layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and finishing on a lingering earthy note. One for the long haul!

RWT stands for “Red Winemaking Trials” and was a departure for Penfolds’ portfolio back when it was first introduced with the 1997 vintage. Aged in French oak (traditionally they use American oak) and hailing from a single region, the Barossa Valley, the wine represents an alternative expression to South Australian Shiraz. This is focused and muscular with smooth, cedary oak framing a host of dark berry flavors, violets, tamarind, and root beer. Steak wine at its finest, and sure to please fans of full-bodied, massively endowed reds. Do not miss!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2016 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

91 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $30

“The full-bodied 2016 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is a blend of fruit from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Upper Adelaide and Wrattonbully. It's a warm-climate, rich, plush Shiraz, with a velvety mouthfeel and lingering savory notes on the finish.” – Wine Advocate

Penfolds’ Bin 28 Shiraz is a fan favorite here at Wally’s and throughout the world. Classic Barossa Valley Shiraz with rich flavors, juicy freshness and a long, lingering finish. For the price, it is one of the best values coming out of the country!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2014 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

94 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $90

This bottle was opened in front of me and served without decanting. Containing 4%Cabernet Sauvignon and with a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Shiraz St Henri has a relatively shy nose of black plums, black cherries and mulberries with nuances of underbrush, fruit cake and damp soil. The full-bodied palate has satisfying richness, with firm, rounded tannins supporting the earthy fruit layers, finishing with good depth and persistence.

St. Henri is a special expression of Shiraz in that the wine is aged in 50-year-old barrels! Unique in the wine world, barrels this old impart very little oak flavor. Instead they help emphasize the wine’s beautiful fruit and floral characteristics. The 2014 St. Henri is stunning with notes of pressed flowers, new leather, and soy sauce complementing the spicy, brambly fruit. This is certainly, the most charming and restrained wine in the portfolio. Excellent!

– Robert Vardanian, Australian Wine Buyer

2009 Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $350

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon presents an intensely minty nose with undertones of ripe cassis, eucalyptus, cedar and a touch of herbs. Ripe and expressive in the mouth it has bright acid and medium levels of very fine tannins, it finishes concentrated and long. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.

2016 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $500

Aged in American oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 stands out for its bold aromas of vanilla, tobacco, and cassis. This year, it's close to 40% each from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale, with smaller proportions from Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. It's full-bodied and rich, with a velvety mouthfeel, great intensity and super length. Yes, it's embryonic, but it's not unapproachable, much like any other high-quality New World Cabernet these days, with the ability to age for two decades or more.

Penfolds Great Grandfather Tawny Port

96 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $800

The 30 year old Penfolds Great Grandfather Rare Tawny is pale tawny in color and has a more profound nose than the Grandfather or Father labels of this style. The nose presents some earthy notes that wrap a complex spiciness around a core of Christmas cake, dried fruits, milk chocolate and incense. It’s a huge wine in the mouth - very serious stuff - with tons of layers and racy acid line to carry the flavor through the very long finish that also has a pleasant minerality.

2014 Penfolds Grange

98 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $850

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerfu, and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

2012 Penfolds Grange

99 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $750

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Grange sports an earthy/meaty nose with notes of tree bark, dusty earth, underbrush and chargrill over a core of dried mulberries and Christmas cake, plus hints of pepper and baking spices. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seductive, it has spicy layers and a long meaty/savory finish.

1971 Penfolds Grange

96 points, Wine Advocate

Wally's Price: $1,300

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game, and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise, and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors –supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. It’s a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.


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King Salmon with Ricotta Gnocchi & Mushroom Herb Infusion | Recipe

June 5, 2019

Executive Chef Ryan Kluver leads the kitchen at both Wally’s Beverly Hills and Wally’s Santa Monica and is passionate about highlighting quality, seasonal ingredients in every dish he creates! Read below for his bright and decadent Spring King Salmon Recipe (and the perfect wine pairing to go with it!)

KING SALMON

by Chef Ryan Kluver

Ingredients (Serves 4)

• 4 filets wild salmon

• Olive oil

• Salt and pepper

• Lemon

• 2tbl unsalted butter

• 1 recipe ricotta gnocchi

• 1lb chanterelle mushrooms, or a mix of wild mushroom

• 4c mixed spring peas; Sugar Snap, Snow and English

• 1/2 tbl chopped garlic

• 1 tbl minced chives

Directions

1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

2. In a medium sauce pot heat mushroom and herb infusion to a slight simmer. Hold for final service.

3. Heat an oven safe cast iron pan over medium high heat. Season salmon filets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sear filets in hot pan until golden brown and transfer to oven to continue cooking to desired temperature; about 3 minutes for medium rare, 5 minutes for medium, 7 minutes medium well. Remove salmon from oven and set aside for final plating.

4. While salmon is cooking in oven heat large nonstick sauté pan over high heat. Add 1 tbl of butter and sauté gnocchi until golden brown and crispy, remove from pan and return pan to heat. Add remaining 1tbl butter and sauté mushrooms until golden and add mix of spring peas. Cook vegetables until beginning to color and return gnocchi to pan. Stir in chopped garlic, cook about 30 seconds and remove from heat. Off heat add in chopped chives and stir through out.

To serve place gnocchi and peas in 4 large pasta bowls, set salmon filets on top and scatter optional herb garnish around. Pour hot mushroom broth over herbs and allow to infuse 30 seconds. Pour hot broth over salmon and vegetables.


RICOTTA GNOCCHI

Ingredients

• 1 cup fine grated Parmesan

• 1 cup ricotta

• 2 whole eggs

• 2 egg yolks

• 1 1/2c ap flour

• 1 tbl chopped thyme

• Salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine Parmesan, ricotta, whole eggs and yolks, salt, pepper, grated nutmeg. Mix in ap flour and stir to form soft, smooth dough. Roll dough out into gnocchi and blanch in boiling salted water until floating at the surface and cooked through. Remove gnocchi, cool on an oiled tray and set aside until ready to use.


MUSHROOM AND HERB INFUSION

Ingredients

• 8 oz mixed mushrooms

• 2 cups filtered water

• 1 leek, white part only, split in half

• 1 bay leaf

• 1 branch celery, chopped

• 2 cloves peeled and smashed

• 1 piece kombu

• White soy or tamari to taste

Directions

Herb pot for infusion; including optional mix of soft herbs including lemon thyme, lemon balm, dill, chive, spring garlic, lemon verbena.

For mushroom broth combine mushrooms, water, leek, garlic, celery, bay leaf and kombu in a medium sauce pot and cover with lid. Bring to a simmer and cook over a low flame for 30 minutes. Strain broth into clean pot and season to taste with white soy. Hold broth until ready to serve and pour over herb pot the surface and cooked through. Remove gnocchi, cool on an oiled tray and set aside until ready to use.


TO SERVE place gnocchi and peas in 4 large pasta bowls, set salmon filets on top and scatter optional herb garnish around. Pour hot mushroom broth over herbs and allow to infuse 30 seconds. Pour hot broth over salmon and vegetables.


WINE PAIRING

2018 Hampton Water Rosé

Wally's Price: $25.00

Hand-picked and crafted to perfection, Hampton Water Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes. Gorgeous strawberry, raspberry, and melon flavors delight the palate while its bright, crisp acidity leads to a mouthwatering finish. Elegant and smooth, yet incredibly refreshing makes Hampton Water Rosé the perfect pairing for light, spring dishes at all of your backyard soirées!

Wally's Executive Chef, Ryan Kluver

Our Favorite Rosé Wines to Enjoy in the Springtime

June 5, 2019

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and garden parties, wedding showers, and spring holidays are all around the corner. Now is the perfect time to stock your cellar with fresh spring picks to quench your thirst now and through the sweltering summer months! Selected by Wally’s expert buyers specializing in domestic and international wines - the list below is what we’ll be enjoying as the sun begins to shine again, and represent the top of the line at every price point.


2018 Hampton Water Rosé

Wally's Price: $25.00

Hampton Water is the newest superstar on the rosé scene and definitely a Wally’s favorite! This stunning wine is an incredible collaboration between our friends Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi, and famed French winemaker, Gerard Bertrand. Wine Spectator recently named Hampton Water the best rosé of 2018 and for good reason. Hand-picked and crafted to perfection, it is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre grapes. Gorgeous strawberry, raspberry, and melon flavors delight the palate while its bright, crisp acidity leads to a mouthwatering finish. Elegant and smooth, yet incredibly refreshing makes Hampton Water Rosé the perfect pairing for all of your backyard soirées!

2017 Miraval Rosé

Wally's price: $25.00

Pitt, Jolie, Perrin. Since it’s inception, this co-production between Hollywood and Rhone royalty has been a smash hit. It’s beautifully balanced and one of the best Provence roses on the market full stop!

2017 Liquid Farm Vogelzang Vineyard Rosé

Wally's price: $28.00

Made with inspiration from Bandol and Provence, and with notes of rose petals, wet stone, tea leaves, and peachskin on the nose and blood orange and strawberry on the palate, this rosé is light as air, crisp, clean, and delightfully refreshing. Just what we'll be reaching for as the days start to heat up!

2017 Tyler Santa Barbara County Rosé

Wally's price: $28.00

Nestled in Santa Barbara County, Tyler Vineyards produce some of the best wines in the Central Coast. Released in very small batches each year, the 2017 Tyler Rosé is a bright acidic treat that won't last long!

2017 Tayson Pierce Rothchild Rosé

Wally's Price: $29.00

Tayson Pierce has contracts with some of the most hallowed names in Napa including Stagecoach Vineyard and Hudson Vineyard. This fantastic rose was one of the best California roses we've tried this year.

La Bulle de La Coste Extra Brut Rosé

Wally's price: $33.00

From Chateau La Coste comes something a bit different from your regular Provence Rose. This lovely sparkling Rose marries the refreshing character of a Provence Rose with the fun and celebratory feel of Rose Champagne. At $33 this is a delightfully different take on Provence Roseand a great value.

2016 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rosé Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes

Wally's price: $35.00

Clos Cibonne is one of the few vineyards producing the enigmatic Tibouren varietal that produces incredibly rich and complex roses. The Cuvee Speciale des Vignettes is a selection of their oldest vines. One of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking Roses in the world.


2017 Domaines Ott Rosé Clos Mireille Provence

Wally's price: $55.00

This one needs little introduction. The king of Provence Rose produces three different estate Roses. This one from the Clos Mireille estate is a more delicate expression of Luxury rose, a beautiful choice for summer that drinks like a whisper.

2017 Tempier Bandol Rosé

Wally's price: $60.00

The finest name in Bandol Rose, Tempier produces this amazing quality Rose that can actually improve over the course of a few years in the cellar.

2016 Chateau d'Esclans Garrus Rosé

Wally's price: $110.00

The world’s most exclusive luxury Rose, Chateau d’Esclans’ Garrus is produced from their oldest hilltop vines. This is the ne plus ultra of Luxury Provence Rose.


Wally's Named The Best of The Best by Robb Report!

June 4, 2019

We're honored to accept these pretigious wins!