Saturday, April 23, 2016

Penfolds Barossa Valley Bin 138 2007 GSM Red Wine

Penfolds Barossa Valley Bin 138 2007 GSM Red Wine, $21.99-$24.99, 91+ points, appeared as a prism on red color, but notable were it's variations of ruby, blood red, purple/red, flashes of maroon, and grades of orange red toward the glass shallows with a surprisingly broad clear wine ring (TMI); I mention all of this, because I was struck by the unusually vivid colors (possibly due in part to a twist-off cap, and partly to the varietals themselves).
Aromas of black pepper, soft floral notes, blackberry, and just a hint of orange peel were outstanding.
Medium-plus body managed good acidity, remarkably firm, but soft tannins (decant), and pure flavors reflective of the aromas.
Finished quite spicy and amazingly fruity with a hint of mint and a comfortable 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 66% Grenache, 21%,
Mourvèdre, and 13% Shiraz.


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