1998 Penfolds Grange

Community Tasting Note


94 Points

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - Tasting at Chateau Gallo (Chateau Gallo): The sixth blind of the afternoon, supplied by myself. Dave suggested I bring it, and I figured it would be good for a blind tasting as most of us could evaluate without the price tag attached to the wine. Being the first truly “expensive” bottle of wine I’d ever purchased, I held a bit of an emotional attachment to this one. Upon opening, I was certainly a little disappointed. Still an inky dark purple in colour, this had a huge nose of blueberry, blackberries, espresso, licorice, crème brule, vanilla, earth, mint, eucalyptus and hints of tobacco from the small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. On the palate, dark fruits (blueberries, plums), caramel, with a long, smooth, supple finish. Very well balanced, with exceptional contrasting acidity to the sweetness of the ripe fruit. Still a bit of tannin to shed until it hits it’s absolute peak, but drinking surprisingly well now. An extremely well made wine, just not what I’d hoped it to be.

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