Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz 1997

$449

...looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur, cherries, camphor, chocolate, plums, and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange's tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Rick Baumgarten Delectable Pro

In a double blind flight of Aussie Shiraz. No surprise that this was near the top. Our group called Oz Shiraz immediately on the flight. This was fresh and youthful, though fully mature.

In a double blind flight of Aussie Shiraz. No surprise that this was near the top. Our group called Oz Shiraz immediately on the flight. This was fresh and youthful, though fully mature.

9.4

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

The nose is a little too open. Blue fruit, almost Bordeaux-like but with an American oak note. Nice balance- nice acidity

The nose is a little too open. Blue fruit, almost Bordeaux-like but with an American oak note. Nice balance- nice acidity

9.1

DLynn Proctor Delectable Pro

Penfolds Ambassador

Mags on mags on mags on mags

Mags on mags on mags on mags

9.4

Jeff Perlegos Delectable Pro

I've been staring at this bottle for 13 years and have been wanting to open it up on several occasions. My patience ran out. This is definitely a Shiraz and definitely from Australia but with enough acid and tannin to carry it through so time could layer its tertiary flavors. At its prime now IMO

I've been staring at this bottle for 13 years and have been wanting to open it up on several occasions. My patience ran out. This is definitely a Shiraz and definitely from Australia but with enough acid and tannin to carry it through so time could layer its tertiary flavors. At its prime now IMO

9.3

Andrew Lampasone Delectable Pro

Owner Wine Watch Selections

Australia's most famous wine

Australia's most famous wine

9.5

Al Clark

Not every day your dad turns 80. Great way to celebrate. Full body, still plenty of life left.

Not every day your dad turns 80. Great way to celebrate. Full body, still plenty of life left.

9.5

Kimberly Anderson

You know you have a great friend when she brings this to share when her daughter gets married! Dried herb, menthol and black fruit aromas. Cherry, anise, milk chocolate. Long, amazing finish. Cheers!

You know you have a great friend when she brings this to share when her daughter gets married! Dried herb, menthol and black fruit aromas. Cherry, anise, milk chocolate. Long, amazing finish. Cheers!

9.4

Jimmy Ngo

The gift that keeps on giving and giving. This vintage still has plenty of life yet in her.

The gift that keeps on giving and giving. This vintage still has plenty of life yet in her.

9.4

Ross Hensley

Dark ruby red color with dark berries and nice structure with tobacco chocolate nuances with long finish

Dark ruby red color with dark berries and nice structure with tobacco chocolate nuances with long finish

9.5

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