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Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 2019

World BlendQuantum continues a story first launched in Paso Robles with a vineyard of Australian vine cuttings, over two decades ago. The 2019 is made with 92% Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and 8% “pedigreed shiraz” from South Australia. Like last year, it is a massive wine that spent 16 months in new American and French oak barrels, but after all is said and done, the complexity and harmony of the blend are not lost but revealed in the finish. Smoky, minty, black and blue plummy fruit melt into a river of oak, spice, and cedar. It gets the partial barrel-fermented Penfolds treatment that supercharges the harmony at an earlier stage. A surprisingly enjoyable Napa cabernet, that for the most part comes with a raft of refinement and a Peter Gago touch that penetrates the high-level winemaking team. If you have the time, this will entertain you through 2050 and beyond.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$899.99750mlWest (Summer 2021); East (Fall 2021)
US$700.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonUPC: 012354724358