Back in 1979, an Australian couple who had international ties in the wine business decided to head out to California to scout some wine sites. Someone told them Sonoma was a good bet. Good thing they listened, because it was the best decision they ever made.
Today, Aussie Wine Direct (AWD) sources wine from all over the world, but mainly California and Australia. They started when land was relatively inexpensive and have benefited greatly from the huge increase in value over the last 40 years.
As a result, they are able to make wines of incredible value like this fun selection, Triple B. The name signifies two things.
First is the fact that it is made from three grapes; 73% Merlot, 18% Zinfandel and 9% Petite Sirah. The cool part here is that they age the wine for three months in American oak bourbon barrels. More commonly, you'll find Sherry and Scotch aged in bourbon barrels. Over the years, we've featured just three bourbon- barrel-aged wines, and this is our favorite.
The result is not as far-out as you'd imagine. First of all, it's only in the barrel for three months, so the residual bourbon flavor is barely a hint. What it does add is a kind of spicy vanilla component that doesn't seem out of place at all.
Because of their vast sources, AWD were able to cull some of the best grapes from the best areas, like Sonoma and Napa. The result is a large and lovely offering with dense fruit, lively tannins and a long and glorious finish.