Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 750ml, Barossa Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 96 pts - The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 'Cellar Reserve'? was sourced entirely from Barossa Valley fruit. It offers a contrast to the Bin 707. The Cellar Reserve was aged in 100% French oak and shows its warm climate personality on its sleeve. Opaque purple, it displays a superb bouquet of toasty oak, smoke, espresso, black currant, blackberry liqueur, and licorice. This leads to a full-bodied, opulent wine with layers of spicy black fruit flavors, a smooth texture, well-concealed ripe tannins, and superb balance. More forward than the Bin 707, it will still benefit from 4-6 years of cellaring and drink well through 2030. - Oct 2007.
James Halliday's Wine Companion - 94 pts - Outstanding red-purple; powerful, blackcurrant and cassis fruit in abundance; the tannins are a fraction chunky, but there is no doubt which way the cat will jump as those tannins settle down Date tasted 13 Mar 2007. Drink by 2025.