2018 Penfolds 'Bin 704' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$69.95
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The natural match for Penfolds Bin 407, this wine marries Australian style to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to create a more perfect union all wrapped up in silk sheets. Clove, sage and turmeric fall into coffee ground and jasmine tea on an addictively complex nose. The medium-bodied palate follows through with blackcurrant and sweet licorice. So beautiful already but if you can stand to put it away for a few years, you’ll find paradise in a bottle waiting for you.

Penfolds has a very long and meandering history, and represents generations of winemaking knowledge in action. In 1844, Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold planted vineyards at Magill Estate near Adelaide. The first Penfolds wines, from the 1800s, were made from newly established vineyards around Adelaide and made for the enjoyment of new South Australian colonists. During the first part of the 20th century, Penfolds gradually added significant acreage and became a household name across Australia. It exported table and fortified wines throughout the Commonwealth. After a visit to France in 1950, Penfolds chief winemaker Max Schubert dreamed bigger, wanting to dramatically expand the winery’s export presence, as the French had. The iconic Penfolds Grange came forth in 1951, leading to a remarkable parade of wines that would bring Penfolds wines worldwide acclaim for their richness, consistency, and longevity.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:
2018
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1045205
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Wine Enthusiast

This is the first vintage of the Australian producer's foray into Napa Valley. It is tightly structured yet supple, bursting in bright currant and strawberry flavors. Savory components of sage, dried herb and black pepper dot the palate alongside silky tannins and chocolate-laced richness. A fresh touch of blood orange arises on the finish. Enjoy from 2028–2033.

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James Suckling

A beautiful,aromatic wine with blackcurrant, cool fruit and hints of minerals and tar. Full-bodied, yet polished and really well manicured. Long and creamy. Shows tension, energy and refinement. Drink after 2024, but so beautiful already. Hard not to drink.