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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

1999 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

I love getting the opportunity to taste wines like these. Wines that have a bit of age on them and in particular those that are not the top classics. Yes, Penfolds Bin 407 is a wine of considerable quality and is hovers between the $20-3o price point, but it isn't a wine that is generally collected for extended cellaring. Anyhow, I thank the kind wine buddy that had the patience to hold on to this wine for such a long time and share it with me. 

A little background of the wine from the Penfolds Website:

"launched in 1993 with the 1990 vintage, Penfolds Bin 407 was developed by Penfolds Chief Winemaker, John Duval, in response to the increasing availability of high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. inspired by Penfolds Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and attention to detail, at a more affordable price point."
The 1999 vintage of Bin 407 is composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was sourced from various vineyard plantings throughout Australia's Southern Region. It was aged for 12 months in both new and used French and American oak.

This wine has obviously developed quite a bit since it's release so I will give you my best assessment of how I smell and taste the wine today. On the bouquet I get plentiful aromas of cherry, cola nut, coco, tea leaf, sweet tobacco, black currant, fig, and perhaps a little touch of kalamata olive. This is the type of wine you could smell for days because it's literally that complex and develops into something new every time you sniff it. On the palate the wine has a very soft and delicate texture with very integrated tannins. The flavors of this wine are equally as intense and complex and show nuances of cherry, plum, tea leaf, sweet tobacco, cherry cola, and just the slightest note of eucalyptus and mint on the finish (very slight hints). The finish is laced with loads of soft cherry and leather and goes on for at least a minute. 

Like I said above, I really love this kind of wine and it's just educational and inspiring to see how a wine this ages after 10 years. Makes me really want to lay down some Bin 407 because it has aged extremely gracefully. As is I score this wine 93 points, even though the experience and the maturity of the wine probably boosted the score around three of those points!! 

Shandana said...

penfolds grange is one of my favorite wines. i used to work at wine spectator so i'd be lucky enough to taste some at their annual wine experience...

vuluganck said...

oh so long time for this wine.You are owning it now? I don't have a chance to taste the ancient wine.Not really ancient but long enough for me to try.I don't drink wine but not I want to try them.Where can I find these kinds? I have to take a plane and fly to Australia's Southern Region to buy it? Is it sold on Ebay? Perhaps I will buy it and present my father.

 
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