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2003 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (1.5l)
Producer: Penfolds Wines penfolds.com
Appellation: South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$69.99
Related Ratings:
rated (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : April 11, 2005 , Wine Front Monthly
93 points "Cabernet-dominant nose and a cabernet-dominant palate, giving the whole show a steady sense of balanced, leggy restraint. Brambly-and-liqueurous blackcurrant, long drying tannins (seriously impressive tannin structure), dry subtle chocolate/cedar and a gentle wash of menthol -- very much like the 1994 Bin 389 in its flavour profile, with better tannins, better oak integration (or less of it) and greater elegance. Clean, reliable, and well made, with warm, glycerol alcohol on the finish, and a lingering impression of backwardness; this is a wine still getting its act together. Should rate higher in time. Got a nice motor in it. Drink: 2009-2018. 93 points. " Best 2009-2018
rated (2004 vintage, 750ml bottle) : February 26, 2007 , from a member
89 points
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 2, 2008 , Menon
92 points "Color: Dense, dark red. Nose: At once elevated, the nose is separated from theothers in the Penfolds Bin family by the overt highnotes of its barrel fermentation contribution. This is archetypal Bin 389 with notes of Maraschino marinated dark berries mixed with dark chocolate, bayleaf, black (Kalamata) olives and roasting pan juices. Oak and charcuterie elements effortlessly fill any aromatic gaps. Palate: The 2005 Bin 389 is complete, full and multidimensional from start to finish, its weight coupled with (understated) power, depth and length. Ripe fig, blueberry and dark plum fruit flavors synergise to create an inky/dense palate with no rough edges. The oak, and plush tannins are at one with the wine, elliciting no one dominant feature and a seamless palate. This is stylistically a classic and complex Bin 389- a proud flag bearer of this traditional Australian style. Food pairings: Ideal with hearty meat dishes"