Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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2018 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon...$65.99
A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389. Drink over the next two decades. 
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
Rated 96/100 Decanter

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2018 Penfolds Bin 149 Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon...$142.99

85.1% American Wine
14.9% Australian Wine
The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Napa Valley and South Australia is an extension of Penfolds’ house style and has been christened with the unique term “Wine of the World.” Maturation for 16 months in new French (80%) and new American (20%) oak further adds to its globe-spanning distinction. A phantom of a wine, with a feminine sort of reined-in power and tension, it delivers both sweetness and a sassy, savory, keen sensation of sage on cocoa along with woodsy tones. The palpable dark fruit acts like drapes parting on the dynamic stage, revealing statuesque glamour.
Rated 98/100 Sommelier Journal
Lots of blackberry, currant, light chocolate and hazelnut. This is rather dense and plush, but shows impressive layers of tannins that have a rough-velvet texture. Juicy and intense fruit. The grapes come from the AVAs of Rutherford, Calistoga, Oakville and then spread across Napa. 14.9% comes from South Australia. A global wine. In the end, it’s nicely toned and curated. Needs three or four years to come together. Try after 2025.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
Rated 96/100 Decanter
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2018 Penfolds Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley....$65.99
This is the first vintage of the Australian producer’s foray into Napa Valley. It is tightly structured yet supple, bursting in bright currant and strawberry flavors. Savory components of sage, dried herb and black pepper dot the palate alongside silky tannins and chocolate-laced richness. A fresh touch of blood orange arises on the finish. Enjoy from 2028 – 2033.
Rated 96/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
Rated 95/100 Decanter
Rated 96/100 Sommelier Journal

2015 Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz...$129.99
Spicy and earthy edge to the nose, graphite-like savory aromas ahead of ripe dark plum and very tarry, coal dusty notes, some dried pot pourri too. There's a deep-set palate, very smooth tannins roll out in commanding fashion, almost never-ending finish. This is a long term wine. Try from 2025 and for two decades after that.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
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!
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

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2016 Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz...$129.99

The 2016 Shiraz RWT is a brilliant, brilliant wine, and I suspect the finest version of this cuvee ever produced. Thrilling notes of black raspberries, crème de cassis, toasted spice, mint, and espresso all emerge from this deep, rich, powerful Shiraz. With massive concentration, it still glides across the palate with no sensation of heaviness or rusticity, building, perfectly ripe tannins, and incredible opulence and intensity. It shows more grilled meat notes with time in the glass and is a monumental Barossa Shiraz that flirts with perfection.
Rated 99/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2017 Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz...$129.99
Offers a lush, juicy mix of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors that appears seamless, integrating with notes of amaretto, clove and lavender. Plush, juicy and very generous on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2034. 1,156 cases imported.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
Red raspberries abound on the nose of the 2017 RWT Shiraz, which—as usual—is all Barossa fruit aged in French oak (70% new). It's full-bodied and velvety, with appealing notes of dried spices, beef and plenty of red fruit. There's a cedary veneer to this vintage, which looks as if it will need a couple of years to come together, then drink well for up to two decades.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2018 Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon...$659.99
Muscle and grace delineate a wine that is making history in the footsteps of its forebear, Grange. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) and South Australian Shiraz (13%) are the building blocks of this multidimensional creation ten years in the making. Balanced and expressive, with recognizable accents of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres, it offers aromas of fresh dark berries, apple tart, and a touch of piquant spice, which lead to headier notes on the palate. Licorice, slate, and molasses pave a path with staying power. Plum preserves and a twist of basil, cigar leaf, and hazelnut determine the lengthy, exhilarating finish
Rated 100/100 Somm Journal - PERFECT!
The first release of this new iconoclastic label, the 2018 Quantum Bin 98 is labeled as a "Wine of the World," although the AVA is the United States and technically 87% is American wine (Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley), while 13% is Australian ("Grade A1" Shiraz from South Australia). The wine spent 16 months in oak, 100% new, 80% American oak and 20% French. In fact, the wine is made very much like Grange, in that it completes fermentation in new, mainly American oak barrels.
Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
Rated 98/100 Decanter

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