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Community Tasting Notes (227) Avg Score: 95.4 points

  • Third bottle, first tasting note. It's been the wine of the night on two occasions with some pretty heavy hitters but this time we tried it against a Sina Qua Non and a Chave Hermitage. All of similar age (the Sina Qua Non was youngest). Honestly, 7 out of 7 people just couldn't get away from he fact it was the most enjoyable wine on the table. Entrancing nose, sublime on the palate, really in a very good place. Seems like it will last a ling time still.

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  • Absolutely singing right now. Wish I had more. Velvety smooth tannins and complex layers of dried fruit and earthiness. Not the longest finish, but impressive nonetheless. paired with sous vide grilled rib steak. Has a decade left in the tank if, in MHO

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  • Man I just don't get Grange, and I really want to. Pulled this 21 year old out of the cellar to give it a try. It just seems so average to me. It is dark and big boned, with plenty of dark red and black fruit. There is a strong -not spoofy, if that's possible, here- oak and vanilla wood perception. There is a strong saline perception in this wine as well. It is quite drinkable, as it is smooth, and the fruit has at least a little coolness to it. It's just meh at best. Has Grange always been like this?

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  • Perfection in the glass, even better than the last two bottles! Was perfect with Steak Diane. Still dark garnet, completely opaque, the slightest hint of brown at the edges. Aromas of red raspberries, blackberries, with American oak vanilla notes. On the palate, full-bodied but round and elegant, not a fruit bomb. Rich, concentrated, viscous, lots of smooth balanced fruit with the acid and tannin. Slightly hot on the late palate and aftertaste due to 15% alcohol, but amazing length. This will last for years. We'll open one a year to see how it evolves.

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  • 90 min decant. Nothing to not like about this wine. Pretty elegant for an Aussie Shiraz. But could be even more expressive and hopefully will improve with age. Go for longer decant time next bottle.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/5/2004, (See more on 98 points

    (Penfolds Grange) Beautiful blackberry nose; seamless, blackberry, boysenberry ripple, vanilla and caramel palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    8/29/2003, (See more on 98 points

    (Penfolds Grange) Beautiful, pure, blackberry liqueur nose; wow, tasty, deep and layered blackberry palate with well integrated vanilla oak and big, sweet tannins; long finish

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