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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2004
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 89598)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as "Poor Man's Grange" or "Baby Grange", in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds' solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds' skill in balancing fruit and oak. A classic Australian style with a clear Penfolds identity.

Color: Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting, still possessing a purple core.

Nose: The nose hints at Grange character. The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly integrated. Stewed plum flavors meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black peppercorns. Nuances of game terrine with pistachio shell.

Palate: The palate is tight and full-bodied, persistent, long and forceful. The wine has impressive texture, with pronounced, well-defined powdery tannins and oak totally absorbed in a wash of liquorice and berried fruits. The 2004 Bin 389 is a true "Baby Grange" release.

Food matches: beef, duck & game, lamb

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.