This is SO interesting. John Duval made Penfolds Grange what it is today, having made it for a few decades. He also makes a Washington wine for Long Shadows that I'm way fond of. But this has it's own identity, feeling a bit more like a California Syrah (as opposed to a Barrossa style Shiraz, which it is). Lots of nice fruit, the red kind. At 11 years old it's still got spring in it's step. Not "over the top" - but solid.
This is a very enjoyable wine. The tannins have had time to mellow and it is drinking very well now. They said, there is much more time left on this gem and additional years will undoubtedly improve it still. Score [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 18 + 9 ] = 96
PnP with Cheese course. The wine looks inky colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, black currant (cassis), oak, black pepper and violet. The body is full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
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