93 points Jeremy Oliver
Penfolds’ most eloquent expression of cabernet sauvignon. A multi-regional blend representing the pick of Penfolds’ entire South Australian cabernet crop and matured in new American oak.
91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Vinous, captivating aromas of blackberry, wild plum, currant, roast coffee and mocha, with subtle rather than overwhelming evidence of American oak. Concentrated, harmonious and quite suave; at once velvety and nicely delineated thanks to ripe, well-integrated acidity. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and excellent length. (8/2000)
91 points Wine Spectator
Generous in flavor, supple in texture, delivering a ripe mouthful of mint-shaded black cherry and currant flavors that linger on the open finish, echoing mint and fruit. Tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2005 through 2012. (6/2001)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.