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2018 Penfolds "Bin 149" Napa Valley - South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1525097 97 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark A deep and powerful Cabernet of full purple hue that speaks of the density and magnitude that is Penfolds, intricately interwoven with the the sweet fruit lusciousness and ripeness of California. Deep, sweeping strokes of blackcurrant, cassis, black licorice, coal steam and long-lingering satsuma plum all coat the palate. It's wrapped in a confident wave of Penfolds tannins, firm, fine and instilled with great endurance, framed in dark chocolate and coffee bean oak. A grand spectacle with monumental presence and impressive line and length. The standout of the release, Peter's favourite, and mine. (TS) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of blackberry, currant, light chocolate and hazelnut. This is rather dense and plush, but shows impressive layers of tannins that have a rough-velvet texture. Juicy and intense fruit. The grapes come from the AVAs of Rutherford, Calistoga, Oakville and then spread across Napa. 14.9% comes from South Australia. A global wine. In the end, it’s nicely toned and curated. Needs three or four years to come together. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, combining 85.1% fruit from the Napa Valley (predominantly from Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga AVAs) and the remainder from several of Penfolds’ South Australian vineyards, moving it beyond the expected Napa Cab expression to instead exert its own unique personality. The Australian component introduces rich, lifted aromas of blueberry and blackberry, and a more opulent fruit presence. It adds freshness and vibrancy to the dense Napa body, resulting in a vivacious, cheery red still bound by firm tannins. (DS) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 149 is a blend of fruit from Rutherford, Calistoga and Oakville plus 15% South Australia Cabernet. Inky, deep and unctuous, the 2018 is a total knock-out. Although quite opulent and rich in feel, the 2018 also has tons of backing structure to balance things out. All the elements come together effortlessly. It was aged in 100% new oak, 80% French and 20% American. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 149 slips gracefully out of the glass with notions of wild blueberries, blackcurrant cordial and mulberries with an undercurrent of Indian spices, sandalwood, cigar box and dusty soil plus a touch of garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and decadently played in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and bold freshness supporting the voluptuous layers, finishing long and spicy. The adaption of some of the Grange "formula" (for want of a better term) of winemaking seems to lend more of an Australian style to this wine, although there is no mistaking the Napa Cabernet fruit profile in all but the texture of the tannins, which are more typical of Australia. It's a true chimera! (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A tannic structure gives way to a welcome juiciness of tangy cranberry and currant flavors. French and American oak aging impart a moderate level of toast and vanilla tones, with accents of cedar, dried herbs and black pepper chiming in. The bright acidity lasts through a long, supple finish. (VB) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2021 | Send Email
The 149 is a big, powerful wine. A significant injection of tannin structure and oak versus the 704. This one is for those of you that like very intense wines or love to put things away in the cellar. Deep red to black fruit, blackcurrant puree, black raspberry, leather, mocha tones, scorched earth. Mouth-filling and boisterous. Lovely balance between the fruit extraction and tannic core. Exotic oak notes wrap everything up with a wisp of char and spice. If you drink it young give a good decant and serve with something that can stand up to it. I think in 3-5 years this will be hitting its stride and likely won't stop galloping for 20+ years.

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