Penfolds Grange & others (Extra Space): Aired in decanter for 1 hour before tasting. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purple colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of earth, smoky meat, dark black plums, blackberries, licorice. Developing. On the palate, dry, high acidity, high alcohol, very fine medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of earth, slight smoky meat, dark black plums, blackberries, licorice, spice. Very long finish. Deep, dark and brooding. Interestingly showing some hints of tertiary development. But tightness of the concentrated black fruit could still be loosened up more with further ageing. Outstanding quality. This should be even more wonderful in 10 years' time.
Penfolds Grange Wine Dinner at Botrini's (Botrini Restaurant, Athens, Greece): This was supposed to be one of the stars of the night but it proved otherwise. It was served alongside the theoretically inferior 2000, but the latter was much more enjoyable and open for busyness at this stage. Maybe the tightest of all the Granges served, and the one in need of longer cellaring. Still very powerful on the palate and with all the components that promise a bright future.
I picked up a case at Costco for $75 and cellared for a few years. I open a bottle every 12-14 months -- consuming this bottle with 4 couples who brought some excellent bottles. Hit it out of the park with rich smooth, but deep flavor and a perfect finish. The tannins are giving way to an elegant wine, but the fruit is still present.
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(Penfolds Grange) The 2002 Penfolds Grange was the last on our list this afternoon, recently released and only 1.5% Cabernet, also spending 17 months in oak. Gil called out ‘mandarin rind.’ It was also red in style, full of cherry and dust. More complex than the 1999, it had sweet cola flavors along with lots of citricity and just a pinch of medicine. There was more regal breed and elegance in the ’02, and it was thick, rich and young (ahhh to be that…I suppose the thick part is a result of the rich and young lol). Gil admired its ‘great potential.’ It still retained elegance despite having enough stuffing to make up for a lot of other Australian turkeys.
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