Penfolds 1998 Grange - One of the Greatest Vintages (RP99)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 99 Points
“Very deep garnet in color, the 1998 Penfolds Grange has shut itself away into a closed stage at this time, offering a subdued core of blackberry preserves and blackcurrant cordial with nuances of smoked bacon, black olives, sandalwood and sweaty leather. The full bodied, taut, muscular palate is firmly structured with chewy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long and savory. Consider drinking it 2016 to 2030+”

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“A wine of surprising subtlety for the vintage, playing its ripe cherry, red plum and herb flavors against firm tannins that have a bit of grit to them. But those lively cherry and raspberry flavors burst through, and there’s a nice hint of green herbs lingering around the finish, which doesn’t subside easily.”

The World of Fine Wine Magazine (Neil Beckett) – From Article Penfolds Top Reds 1952-2006
“1998-Black/purple. Balanced, composed, and concentrated, with brambly fruit and great mocha richness to smell. Effortless across the palate, elegant, refined, racy, smooth, and supple. The superb quality is already apparent, but this will clearly grow and grow. Drink 2010-50.” Rated 18.5/20