initially some age on the nose which blew off quickly to reveal a strong fruit/earth fragrance that the whole table could smell the palate was delicious with an ever-changing fruit to earth to minerals to cassis in various strengths fantastico!
This stuff was great. Instantly got me in a gitty mood. Decanted for about an hour and a half and drank it over an hour or so. Full body and silky. In the past year I´ve had 2001, 98, and this vintage. The 2001 is the best so far, but this 2003 was not far behind. The 98 didn´t impress me. If you think this could be a fruit bomb, you'd be wrong. Don't like those. Payed US$320 for it. Still smilling. Memorable.
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(Penfolds Grange) #2; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-this has changed dramatically from yesterday; I'm getting a gasoline/auto body shop component; very herbaceous today; the fruit & Oak have subsided dramatically; stinky like the game "Skunk War"; vegetal soup (celery); TASTE-similar on the palate; Oak Monster is there; the beautiful fruit is there (peach; blackberry; blueberry); some petrol sneaking in; much drier on the back-end; a very focused blackberry flavor ripping throughout the flavor profile and a little more vegetal; better than yesterday, but still a PAZZZZ; WS-94; GV-90+
(Penfolds Grange) #2; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-tons of fruit; explosive; but the Oak monster is looming; vanilla cream & wood; black cherry soda; TASTE-I'm completely dumbfounded by the way this wine tastes; this tastes the same (an over-oaked fruit bomb) as quite a few $20-$40; too over-oaked and too much fruit; this wine is living on it's name; Penfolds needs to redefine their terroir IMHO; WS-94; GV-89
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