Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, 2003

Unlike the Terra Barossa Shiraz (below), which seemed to get sweeter and soupier with even short-term aging, this Bin 128 Shiraz from Penfolds has gained depth and complexity with bottle age.

Medium deep color, amber at the rim. The bouquet and flavors also show that it has definitely reached the drink now stage. Flowers, spice, red and black fruits. Oak has integrated nicely.  Even better on the palate. Savory as well as sweet. Some lead pencil hints that I usually associate with Cabernet. Has that friendly up-front Coonawarra personality that is difficult to miss...or dislike. Full flavors on mid-palate and ripe finish that lingers. Gets better through the meal. For my taste, this wine is at a perfect stage of maturity, but if you have some bottles in the cellar, I wouldn't wait too long.

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