Penfolds Bin 149 "Wine of the World" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Napa Valley & South Australia) - [JS 97] [DM 96] [WA 95] [WE 95]

Penfolds Bin 149 "Wine of the World" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(Napa Valley & South Australia) - [JS 97] [DM 96] [WA 95] [WE 95]

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Notes From the Winemaker:
Penfolds Bin 149 derives its name from the percentage of South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that’s woven into the blend. Its unique worldly disposition sets it apart from other California wines, and is a testament to the power of the legendary Penfolds House Style.

A wine both distinctive and of distinction, Bin 149 showcases a multidimensional palate of strong Napa Valley tannins and intense dark fruit, with an Australian twist.

Tasting Notes

Aromas are focused, with sweet iced tea, savory caperberries, French polish, and heady barrel ferment characters of mocha and kirsch tapering to a precise point. Further notes include grated ginger, cola, green olive, caraway seeds, and a Bordelaise sauce richness.

Classically Penfolds in character, yet altogether different in structure, the palate features fine, closeknit tannins and a menthol lift with flavors of cedar, sandalwood, and roasted meats. Bright acidity provides succulence and a sustained finish.

85.1% Rutherford, Calistoga and Oakville AVAs, Napa Valley, CA
14.9% South Australia, Australia

Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - James Suckling:
"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. Try after 2025." - James Suckling (January 2021)

96 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Black-fruited and herbal on the nose, with aromas of huckleberry, oregano, pencil lead and vanilla. The texture is both fleshy yet spry, with a brilliant red-fruited acidity floating above a muscular, chocolate-driven core. Blackcurrants, mint and cedar on the finish, which is equal parts mouthwatering, thick and grippy. Aged entirely in new oak for 16 months, 80% of it French, 20% American. " - Matthew Luczy (January 2021)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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! 1,393 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2/18/2021)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This wine is a blend of grapes from Napa Valley (85.1%) and South Australia (14.9%). 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." - Virginie Boone (4/1/2021)