Penfolds Tasting with 5 vintages of Grange and a bunch more (Downtown Cleveland): If Grange was affordable, this would be an example of why to drink some young. Yes, it is immense and intense, but there is lot of pleasure here too. Black raspberries, cassis, spice, black pepper, grilled meats and licorice on the nose. Huge to drink but a lovely texture makes it go down very well. Lots of tannins of course. Long finish. Plenty of room to improve here, this needs a decade or more. A real treat to try tonight though. Thanks Berto.
Sampled at the LCBO tasting bar. This sample came across to me as slightly candied, but this dissapated and seemingly evolved into something nicer: syrup coated cherries, candy floss, caramel, red plum, blueberry, baked strawberries. Palate reveals rich mentholated red and dark fruit. Low perceived sweet tannin. And a long red fruited and menthol finish. Has the stuffing to and should improve.
Nose - some complexity Palate - definite interest and complexity. Full bodied, but not chewy Overall, very nice. Very interesting. But lacks finesse, which will come with age. 94 tasted @ LCBO tasting counter
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