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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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14.5% ABV
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3.7 7 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep red, dark core. The nose is initially not overtly Cabernet Sauvignon, emitting mixed scents of black olive, charcoal, meat, rosemary arching across a darkened veil of fruit. Oak aging porduces aromas of clove and cedar detectable as well. The palate is solid, and generous. Softened, integrated tannins, bereft of harshness, astringence. Oak presence suggested on nose is not as prominent on palate. A generous flavor amalgam of chocolate, smoked meats, black fruits, dates, fig.

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
The grapes came from Wrattonbully, Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek, partially barrel-fermented before spending 14 months in 22% French (100% new) and 68% American (19% new, 16% 1yo, 43% seasoned) oak hogsheads. A very interesting wine; it's not until the finish of the palate and aftertaste that the leopard's spots become clear. From this point you need to work backwards to finally arrive (on reassessment) at the bouquet, which has developed the cassis and plum fragrance it initially lacked, likewise the juicy fruit of the mid-palate.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Several tasters commented on the kinetic aspect of the flavors, the purity of the cherry-scented fruits, its depth of gentle tannins and high notes of violets and roses lending contrast and energy.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made with a blend of fruit from Wrattonbully, Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek, the 2012 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet color with a hint of purple and a nose exuding warm blackberry compote notes, blueberry preserves, spice cake and mocha plus a touch of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it offers mouth-filling black berry and cassis flavors with a touch of mint, a crisp line of acid and firm grainy tannins to shape the long finish.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of top Cabernet wines on the marquee, the 2012 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon nicely defines the category. Shows a lot of bold, black fruit and a strong note of barrel at the moment (a bit of coconut in the mid-range). Time will be really fine for this one, making it one of the world's best values for a serious cellaring wine. Whenever I look for top cabernets, I always put this one on my shopping list. I would pair this one with a well-marbled rib eye of beef. (Tasted: April 18, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Taut, focused and juicy, with blackberry and black currant fruit. Hints of tar and sage-seasoned meat add interest to the flavor profile as the finish persists against moderate tannins
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Penfolds Wines, Australia
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Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and 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 stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon.

Australia

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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